IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sand-eel (English), tieso (Espanol)
Bascanichthys cylindricus Meek & Hildebrand, 1923

Round sand-eel

Body elongate; head and trunk 52-57% of TL; front nostril tubular, rear nostril opens in mouth; head skin rough; eye small; snout short, blunt, grooved on underside; tip of lower jaw before base of front nostrils; jaw teeth small, conical, in 1 row on jaws, 2 rows on roof of mouth; teeth between top jaws exposed when mouth is closed;  gill opening crescent-like, at lower side;  dorsal and anal fins low; dorsal origin on head before gill opening; tip of tail hard and finless; pectoral fin present as a small flap behind the upper half of the gill opening, its length slightly greater than width of its base.

Brown grading to tan on ventral part; dorsal fin whitish or tan; head pores not in white spots.

Size: reaches 88 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 0-30 m.
Costa Rica and Panama.   


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