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Species: Catesbya pseudomuraena, Catesby’s false-moray

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center roof mouth - 4 rows teeth
D origin just behind gill opening
pectoral present

Catesbya pseudomuraena Bohlke & Smith, 1968

Catesby’s false-moray

Elongate, slightly compressed; head elongate, slender; large eyes; front nostril tubular, points downward; rear nostril opens in top lip under eye; mouth large, extends well behind eye; no flange on either lip; teeth slender, needlelike; jaw teeth in ~8 parallel diagonal rows; a patch of 3 rows of teeth in center of front jaws, separated by a longitudinal groove from the main bands of jaw teeth; 4 rows of teeth in center of roof of mouth, inner 2 rows much larger than outer 2 rows; gill opening small, oval, lateral; pectoral fins a little larger than eye, rounded; dorsal and anal fins well developed, continuous with tail fin, dorsal origin just behind gill opening; lateral line with 1 pore on rear of head, 7 pores along lower jaw, rear one well behind mouth opening.

Brown; edges of median fins paler.

Reaches at least 14 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 8-15 m.

The Bahamas.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No pelagic phase
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Bahamas endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 14
Depth Range Min
  • 8
Depth Range Max
  • 15