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| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Echidna nebulosa (Ahl, 1789)
Starry moray, Snowflake moray
Snout short and jaws short, broad; front nostril tubular, rear one a small hole above front of eye; no canine teeth; molar-like teeth on roof of mouth, short stout conical teeth at front of jaws; side of jaws with 1-2 rows of small close-set compressed nodular teeth; length of tail very slightly greater than ½ TL; gill opening a small slit at mid-flank; dorsal and anal fins skin covered, but evident; dorsal origin before gill opening, anal origin immediately after anus; tip of tail blunt, with a skin-covered fin.
White, with two rows of dendritic black blotches containing small yellow spots, these blotches sometimes forming more or less complete bars on head region; numerous small black spots between large blotches; front nostrils yellow.
Size: to 80 cm.
Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.
Depth: 1-30 m.
Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Americas; the mouth of the Gulf of California to Colombia, and all the oceanic islands.