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Species: Enchelycore octaviana, Slenderjaw moray

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lower jaw curved -> gap between jaws
uniform grey-brown

Enchelycore octaviana (Myers & Wade, 1941)

Slenderjaw moray

Snout long and narrow; jaws slender, narrow, strongly arched and not closing completely; pores along upper lip are elongate slits with ruffled margins; 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.

Uniform brown to grey, without distinct markings.

Size: reaches 93 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 2-40 m.

Gulf of California to northern Peru.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 93
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 40