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Species: Chlopsis apterus, Snout-stripe false-moray

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snout - pale stripe
D origin well behind gill opening

Chlopsis apterus (Beebe & Tee-Van, 1938)

Snout-stripe false moray

Elongate, slightly compressed; large eyes; snout bluntly pointed; front nostril tubular, points downward, rear nostril under eye, opens in top lip; mouth moderately large, extends behind eye; no flange on either lip; jaw teeth small, in 3 rows; 2 series of teeth on center of roof of mouth;  gill opening small, oval, lateral; pectoral fins absent; dorsal and anal fins well developed, continuous with tail; dorsal fin origin about 1 snout length behind gill opening; 134-138 vertebrae, 36-39 before anus; lateral line = 2 pores on rear of head.

Top half brown, abruptly changing to white below, contrast strong on head; prominent white stripe along snout before eye; narrow brown band along lower jaw; no collars.

Size: 25 cm.

Habitat: muddy bottom.

Depth: 80-130 m.

The southern Gulf of California to Colombia.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 130
Depth Range Min
  • 80
Length Max
  • 25