Genus: Gymnothorax, Common Moray Eel, Moray, Moray Eels
teeth all sharp
MORAY EELS, MORAY
Front nostril a simple tube; rear nostril a hole, sometimes with a raised rim, at level of profile of head; lower jaw straight, mouth closes completely and covers teeth; teeth sharp, some enlarged, none like molars, a single row on front roof of mouth, top jaw with teeth in 1-2 rows, inner row not very large, with 1 or more depressible fangs at front; gill opening usually with body coloration; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but evident; dorsal fin origin before gill opening; lateral line pores absent except for 1-2 pores above and before gill opening.
A circumglobal tropical to warm temperate genus with ~116 species; with 11 species, in our area (2 Atlantic, 3 NW Atlantic, 5 west Atlantic and one endemic).