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Species: Chlopsis bicollaris, Bicollared false-moray, Collared false-moray

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2 white collars: head & gill opening
D: origin over gill opening

Chlopsis bicollaris (Myers & Wade, 1941)

Collared false-moray, Bicollared false-moray

Body elongate, somewhat worm-like in appearance; large eyes; snout conical with rounded tip, its length about 4.2 in head length; lower jaw slightly shorter than upper; no flange on either lip;  front nostrils tubular; rear nostrils opening downward in upper lip, below front margin of eye; teeth small and pointed in bands; 2 series of teeth on center of roof of mouth; gill opening small, oval, lateral; pectoral fins absent; dorsal and anal fins well developed, confluent around tip of tail; dorsal fin origin above level of gill opening;  lateral line = 2 pores on rear of head.

Grey-brown above, whitish below; 2 collar-like whitish bars, 1 across the head behind the mouth and another at level of gill opening and dorsal fin origin.

Size: attains 20 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Galapagos Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Galapagos Islands endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30
Length Max
  • 20