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Species: Gymnothorax angusticeps, Wrinkled moray

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body & D very wrinkled
brown, wrinkles - dark

Gymnothorax angusticeps (Hildebrand and Barton, 1949)

Wrinkled Moray

Head large (16% of TL); snout a little deeper than wide in cross-section; eye small, over center of mouth; front nostril a tube about 2/3 length of eye; posterior nostril at level of profile of head, just before front edge of eye; mouth large, straight, closes completely, lips with small papillae; teeth little compressed, with minute serrations at base of most of them, teeth in single series on jaws, none on roof of mouth; head and trunk about ½ TL; dorsal fin high (maximum height = snout + eye), its origin well before gill opening; gill opening an oblique slit, about twice size of eye; skin of body very wrinkled, wrinkles extending onto dorsal fin.

Light brown, with dark lines in wrinkles on body and dorsal fin.

Size: 98 cm.

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-225 m.

Northern Peru; Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 98
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 225