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Species: Muraena lentiginosa, Jewel moray

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both nostrils tubular
variable: brown + dark-edged cream spots; or pale + brown mottling
gill opening: indistinct black spot

Muraena lentiginosa Jenyns, 1842

Jewel Moray

Snout moderate, more or less conical; both nostrils distinctly tubular, rear one over front edge of eye; jaws not arched, mouth completely closable; jaw teeth slender, conical, not serrated, in single row on each jaw; gill opening a small slit in a black spot on mid-side; head and trunk shorter than tail; dorsal fin origin before gill opening; lateral line pores absent except for 1-2 (usually) pores above and before gill opening.

Coloration variable but typically brown with dark-edged yellow spots, becoming more numerous with growth; other varieties are yellowish brown to nearly white with darker brown mottling; a rather inconspicuous black area covering gill opening; black spot at rear corner of mouth preceded by a white area on lower jaw .

Size: reaches 61 cm

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 5-25 m

The Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • 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)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 61
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 25