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Species: Scuticaria tigrina, Tiger moray, Tiger reef-eel

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body tubular, semi-rigid
both nostrils tubular
eyes small
tan + large & small dark spots
tail < 1/3 TL, soft, blunt point
mouth long

Scuticaria tigrina (Lesson, 1828)


Tiger reef-eel,     Tiger moray


Body very elongate, cylindrical, semi-rigid; head & snout short; eye small; front and rear nostrils short tubes; mouth long; teeth conical, sharp, in 2 rows along jaws, in 5 rows at front between top jaws, 1 row of 4-5 teeth on roof of mouth; tail very short (29-37% of TL), with blunt, skin-covered tip; dorsal & anal fins barely visible, only near tip of tail.

Ground color of body pale yellowish grey; body, tail & rear of head densely marked with dark blotches and spots of varying sizes; front of head, snout & jaws with dense small dark spots and dots; nostrils dark.

Size: 140 cm.

Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms at reefs.

Depth: 5-25 m.

Indo-Pacific; the SW Gulf of California to Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 140
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 25