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Species: Enchelycore carychroa, Chestnut Moray

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rear nostril large, elongate, above front edge of eye
brown, jaw pores in white spots
jaws long, arched, meet only at tips
long fangs
6-13 inner lower jaw teeth

Enchelycore carychroa Bohlke & Bohlke, 1976

Chestnut Moray

Body stout; head and trunk 40-45% of TL; head slender; snout long and narrow; eye large, at about middle of mouth; front nostril a simple tube, rear nostril large, elongate, above front edge of eye; jaws slender, narrow, strongly arched and meeting only at tips, fangs visible when jaws are closed; lower jaw projects a little; teeth conical sharp, upper jaws with outer row of small teeth and inner row of 4-7 depressible large fangs; between front jaws with outer ring of small teeth and a central row of 3-5 large fangs; rear of roof of mouth with a short single row of small teeth; lower jaw with inner row of 6-13 large teeth and outer row of small teeth along its length; dorsal and anal fins very evident, dorsal origin over or a little behind gill opening.

Uniform dark brown; pores along top and lower jaws in pale spots; iris yellow.

Reaches 33.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 1-65 m.

Bermuda to Brazil and the Central and E Atlantic.

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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)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
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
  • 33.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 65