Thin sand-eel

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Thin sand-eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Yirrkala
Species: Y. tenuis
Binomial name
Yirrkala tenuis
(Günther, 1870)
  • Ophichthys tenuis Günther, 1870
  • Pantonora tenuis (Günther, 1870)
  • Caecula natalensis Fowler, 1934

The Thin sand-eel[2] (Yirrkala tenuis) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[3] It was described by Albert Günther in 1870, originally under the genus Ophichthys.[4] It is a tropical, marine and freshwater eel which is known from the western Indian Ocean, including the Red Sea, South Africa, Mauritius and Réunion. Males can reach a maximum total length of 53 centimetres (21 in).[3]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Yirrkala tenuis at
  2. ^ Common names of Yirrkala tenuis at
  3. ^ a b Yirrkala tenuis at
  4. ^ Günther, A., 1870 (25 June) [ref. 1995] Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the Physostomi, containing the families Gymnotidae, Symbranchidae, Muraenidae, Pegasidae, and of the Lophobranchii, Plectognathi, Dipnoi, ...[thru] ... Leptocardii, in the British Museum. v. 8: i-xxv + 1-549.