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Species: Kaupichthys hyoproroides, False Moray

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rear nostril in top lip, hidden by flap
no pale ring around head behind eye
no lip flanges
D origin ~over gill opening
pectoral present

Kaupichthys hyoproroides (Stromman, 1896)

False Moray

Body moderately elongate; head and snout moderate; large eyes; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a slit in lip covered from above with a skin flap; mouth ends a little past eye; no flange on either lip, but top lip projects below, covering part of lower jaw when mouth is closed; top jaw teeth small, in several rows; a round patch of teeth between top jaws; roof of mouth with 2 rows of teeth; lower jaw with 2-4 rows of teeth; well developed pectoral fin present; dorsal fin origin over or slightly behind gill opening; dorsal and anal fins well developed and joining tail fin; lateral line consisting of 2 pores high above gill area, 6-7 pores on and behind lower jaw.

Grey brown, with pale fins; lower head and body pale; no pale ring around head behind eye.

Reaches 15 cm.


Depth range: 0-95 m.

Bermuda to Brazil; and the Indo-central Pacific.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 95