Long and thin with a brown-green back and pale belly. It remains buried under sediment during the day and moves about at night looking for prey. This animal is interesting to watch when foraging over sand. It probes deeply in the sediment with its sharply pointed tail until it contacts an alpheid or ghost shrimp and then twists around and follows the tail with the head to locate the prey.The several species of worm-eel in southern Australian waters differ from the serpent eel by lacking a pectoral fin
Max Size: 60 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 11.1-19.7°C
Habitat: Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (3% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney