The links created from inbound/outbound descendant/children export codes all come with configurable list bullet, prefixes and suffixes - however is there a way to switch that styling off? and have a non list like set of links?
Not at present. But you can use CSS to present the list without bullets, or leave the prefix and suffix elements empty to omit them
Look at my notes on export codes for creating links and you will see that (most of) the HTML can be suppressed by supplying custom mark-up of an empty strings for the input parameters.A deeper explanation is at the linked pages.