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Species: Channomuraena vittata, Broadbanded Moray

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body - 13-16 broad dark bands
tail ~1/3 TL
jaws long, lower protruding

Channomuraena vittata (Richardson, 1845)

Broadbanded Moray

Body robust, muscular and cylindrical, tapering to rear; tail tip rounded; head and body 2/3 of TL; snout short; eye small, over front 1/3 of jaws; front nostril a short tube, rear nostril a hole with a raised rim before and above eye; jaws extremely long, lower jaw distinctly projecting; teeth small, pointed, in bands, top jaw with a single band, between top jaws with an elongate teardrop-shaped band that extends back along roof of mouth; gill opening a small slit at mid side; lateral line pores absent except for 2 pores above and before gill opening, 7 along lower jaw, last before end of mouth; dorsal and anal fins only at tail tip.

Brown, with 13-16 broad dark bands circling body.

Reaches 150 cm.

Lives on reefs, mainly on islands.

Depth range: 0-102 m.

Both sides of the Atlantic and scattered records in the Indo-central Pacific. Bermuda to the southern Caribbean; Brazil.

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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
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • 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
  • 150
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 102