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Species: Uropterygius supraforatus, Many-toothed snake-moray

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rear nostril: short tube over eye
tan + vertical rows dark spots
D & A on tail
1 pore over gill opening

Uropterygius supraforatus (Regan, 1909)

Many-toothed snake-moray

Slender, moderately elongate, compressed at rear; relatively stout (body depth 5-8% of TL); tail slightly longer than head & trunk; snout short, ~ conical; eye moderate, over middle of jaws; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a short tube above middle of eye; gill opening a small slit at ~ mid side; pores above & below eye, along lower jaw, 1 before gill opening; teeth conical, slender, sharp; jaw teeth numerous, in 4-7 irregular rows, middle row enlarged; 1 row of large teeth at front of roof of mouth; a single lateral line pore above gill opening; dorsal & anal fins present as skin covered ridges near tip of tail.

Ground color white to pale creamy yellow to tan; head & body entirely covered with dispersed, eye-sized dark spots that tend to be arranged in vertical rows; thin, often incomplete, irregular dark lines tend to link up the spots, particularly along the vertical axis.

Size: 40 cm.

Habitat: coral reef.

Depth: 3-35 m.

Indo-Pacific; in the eastern Pacific only at Clipperton.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 40
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 35