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Genus: Echidna, Moray Eels


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head & snout: short, broad
D: origin before gill opening
tail < 1/2 TL
teeth short, very blunt

ECHIDNA

MORAY EELS

Snout short and jaws short, broad; front nostril tubular, rear one a small hole above front of eye; teeth: no canines, some molar-like, at least on roof of mouth; gill opening a small slit at mid-flank; length of tail very slightly greater than ½ TL; dorsal and anal fins skin covered, but evident; dorsal origin before gill opening, anal origin immediately after anus; lateral line pores absent except for 2  pores above and before gill opening.

Echidna is a circumtropical genus of about 11 species. One west Atlantic species occurs in our region.