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Genus: Enchelycore, Hook-jaw Moray Eel, Moray, Moray Eels


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nostrils: front tubular, rear = hole
D origin ~over gill opening
jaws long, arched, meet only at tips
long fangs

ENCHELYCORE

MORAY EELS, MORAY

Head and trunk equal to or shorter than tail; snout long and narrow; jaws slender, narrow, strongly arched and not closing completely; teeth conical sharp, with large fangs alternating with smaller teeth along jaws; eye large, at about middle of mouth; front nostril a simple tube, rear nostril a large hole above and before eye; dorsal and anal fins very evident, dorsal origin over or a little behind gill opening; lateral line pores absent except for 1-2 (usually) pores above and before gill opening.

This is a circumtropical genus with 12 species. Three Atlantic species occur in the Greater Caribbean.