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Species: Enchelycore lichenosa, Lichen moray, Reticulate hookjaw moray

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lower jaw curved -> gap between jaws
brown + white spots & blotches

Enchelycore lichenosa (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)

Lichen moray, Reticulate hookjaw moray

Snout long and narrow; jaws slender, narrow, strongly arched and not closing completely; teeth conical sharp, with large fangs alternating with smaller teeth along jaws; eye large, at about middle of mouth; front nostril a simple tube, rear nostril a large hole with a raised rim above and before eye; head and trunk equal to or shorter than tail; dorsal and anal fins very evident, dorsal origin over or a little behind gill.

Dark brown, head and throat with numerous irregular white to yellowish blotches and spots; body with a series of large pale, stellate blotches in a brown mesh.

Size: grows to 90 cm.

Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-25 m.

Known only from Japan and the Galapagos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • West + East Pacific (but not Central)
  • All species
  • TEP non-endemic
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 90
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 25