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Species: Kaupichthys nuchalis, Collared Eel, Collared False Moray

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rear nostril a hole before eye
pale ring around head behind eye
no lip flanges
D origin ~over gill openingv
pectoral present

Kaupichthys nuchalis Bohlke, 1967

Collared Eel, Collared False Moray

Body moderately elongate; head and snout moderate; large eyes; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a half-moon shaped hole before lower part of eye; 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 3-4 rows; a round patch of teeth between top jaws; roof of mouth with 2 rows of teeth; lower jaw with 3 rows of teeth at front, 2 at rear; broadly rounded pectoral fin present; dorsal fin origin over or slightly behind gill opening; dorsal and anal fins well developed and joining tail fin; lateral line of 2 pores high above gill area, 6-7 pores on and behind lower jaw.

Brown, lower head pale; a broad pale band around head behind eye; head pores in pale areas.

Reaches 16.3 cm.

Reefs; often collected from sponges.

Depth range: 0-130 m.

Bermuda to Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sponges
  • 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
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC 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
  • 16.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 130