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Species: Chlopsis bicolor, Bicolor Eel, Bicolor False Moray

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brown above, abruptly pale below
D origin over gill opening
no lip flanges
center roof mouth - 2 rows teeth
no pectoral

Chlopsis bicolor Rafinesque, 1810

Bicolor Eel, Bicolor False Moray

Moderately elongate, slightly compressed; snout bluntly pointed; large eyes; front nostril tubular, points downward; rear nostril opens on outside of top lip under front edge of eye, but concealed by a flap; mouth moderately large, extends just behind eye; no flange on either lip; jaw teeth small, slender, conical, a round patch at front of top jaws; upper and lower jaw teeth in 2 rows, inner row larger; 2 series of teeth on center of roof of mouth that begin a little behind the patch at front of top jaws, those rows diverge in center and converge to rear; gill opening small, oval, lateral; dorsal origin over or slightly behind gill opening; pectoral fins absent; dorsal and anal fins well developed, continuous with tail fin, 1 lateral line pore on upper gill area, 5-6 along lower jaw.

Dark brown above and white below, with an abrupt separation of those colors in a line from base of front nostril, under eye to level of gill opening, along lower 1/3 of body then descends and present only as a narrow band along the tail and ends before the tail fin.

Reaches 23.5 cm.

Rock and rubble.

Depth range: 60-365 m.

Both sides of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; N Carolina to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 23.5
Depth Range Min
  • 60
Depth Range Max
  • 365