A rare record of European finless eel Apterichthus caecus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Family: Ophichthidae) from the Eastern Mediterranean

Main Article Content

Deniz Ayas
Deniz Ergüden


The European finless eel Apterichthus caecus was recorded from the Mersin Bay. One specimen was caught by a scoop net at a depth of 42 m on 20 June 2021 in the Taşucu coast, Turkey. A. caecus  is extremely rare in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. However, this report is the fourth record from Turkish marine waters and the first record in the Mersin Bay (Northeastern Mediterranean, Turkey).

Article Details

How to Cite
Ayas, D., & Ergüden, D. (2022). A rare record of European finless eel Apterichthus caecus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Family: Ophichthidae) from the Eastern Mediterranean. Advanced Underwater Sciences, 2(1), 12–14. Retrieved from https://publish.mersin.edu.tr/index.php/aus/article/view/77


Bauchot, M. L. (1987). Poissons osseux. pp. 891-1421. In W. Fischer, M.L. Bauchot and M. Schneider (eds.) Fiches FAO d'identification pour les besoins de la pêche. (rev. 1). Méditerranée et mer Noire. Zone de pêche 37. Vol. II. Commission des Communautés Européennes and FAO, Rome.

Blache, J. & Bauchot, M. L. (1972). Contribution à la connaissance des poissons Anguilliformes de la côte occidentale d'Afrique. 13e note: les genres Verma, Apterichthus, Ichthyapus, Hemerorhinus, Caecula, Dalophis avec la description de deux genres nouveaux (Fam. des Ophichthidae). Bulletin de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire Sciences Naturelles, Series A, 34, 692-773.

Ergüden, D., Doğdu, S. A., Uyan, A., Gurlek, M. & Turan, C. (2017). New record of the European Finless Eel Apterichtus caecus from Iskenderun Bay, eastern Mediterranean Sea. Zoology in the Middle East, 63(4), 374-376.

Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (2021). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2021).

Fricke, R., Bilecenoğlu, M. & Sari, H. M. (2007). Annotated checklist of fishes and lamprey species (Gnathostomata and Petomyzontomorphi) of Turkey, including a Red List of threatened and declining species. Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, Series A, 706, 1-169.

Golani, D. (1996). The marine ichthyofauna of the eastern Levant-history, inventory and characterization. Israel Journal of Zoology, 42, 15–55.

Gökoğlu, M., Güven, O., Balcı, B. A., Çolak, H. & Golani, D. (2009). First records of Nemichthys scolopaceus and Nemipterus randalli and second record of Apterichtus caecus from Antalya Bay, southern Turkey. Marine Biodiversity Records, e29, 1–3.

Leiby, M. (1990). Ophichthidae. pp. 176-192. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). Vol. 1. JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris.

McCosker, J. E. & Hibino, Y. (2015). A review of the finless snake eels of the genus Apterichtus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa, 3941(1), 49-78.

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>