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Species: Robinsia catherinae, Catherine's false-moray, Catherine's false moray

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center roof mouth - 1 row teeth
D origin distinctly behind but near gill opening
bicolored
no pectoral

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Robinsia catherinae Bohlke & Smith, 1967

Catherines false moray

Moderately elongate, slightly compressed; snout bluntly pointed; large eyes; front nostril tubular, points downward; rear nostril elliptical, opens on outer edge of top lip under front edge of eye, but sometimes partly concealed by a small flap; mouth moderately large, extends a little behind eye; no flange on either lip; upper jaw teeth conical, in 2 rows, inner row larger; a round patch at front of top jaws; 1 row of teeth on central roof of mouth that join the patch at front of top jaws; lower jaw teeth larger, compressed, 1 row, with several extra teeth at front, front pair are large canines; gill opening small, oval, lateral; pectoral fins absent, although there may be a fleshy tab at top of gill opening; dorsal and anal fins well developed, continuous with tail fin, dorsal origin distinctly behind gill opening but nearer gill opening than to anus; lateral line with 1 pore on upper gill area, 5 along lower jaw, none behind mouth opening.

Head, body and tail sharply bicolored, upper half brown, lower half white to about mid-tail, where dark color descends.

Reaches 20 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 52-300 m.

The Bahamas to Panama; the W Indian Ocean.

    


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Atlantic + Pacific Oceans
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 52
Depth Range Max
  • 300
Length Max
  • 20