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Genus: Uropterygius, Snake-Morays


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rear nostril = hole over front edge eye
D & A: low crests on rear of tail
tail: ~1/2 TL, point blunt

UROPTERYGIUS

SNAKE-MORAYS

Slender, moderately elongate, compressed at rear; tail slightly longer than head & trunk, with blunt tip; snout short, ~ conical; eye moderate, over middle of jaws; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a hole or short tube above front half of eye; gill opening a small slit at ~ mid side; pores above & below eye, along lower jaw, before/above gill opening; teeth conical, slender, sharp, often in multiple rows on jaws; dorsal & anal fins present as skin covered ridges near tip of tail; lateral line pores absent except for 1-2 (usually) pores above and before gill opening.

A circumtropical genus of ~21 species; represented in our region by one endemic.