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Species: Chlopsis dentatus, Banded False Moray, Mottled False Moray

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barred & mottled
D origin over gill opening
center roof mouth - 2 rows teeth
no pectoral

Chlopsis dentatus (Seale, 1917)

Mottled False Moray, Banded 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; dorsal origin over or slightly behind gill opening; gill opening small, oval, lateral; 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, pale along throat and belly; head from eye back and upper body and tail with pale blotches, bars and mottling; dorsal and anal fins dark, mottled with pale marks.

Reaches 20 cm.

Rock and rubble.

Depth range: 64-366 m.

The E & W Atlantic: Bermuda to Brazil; records from the Indo-W Pacific are errors.

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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
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 64
Depth Range Max
  • 366