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  Common names: snake-moray (English), morena (Espanol)
 
Uropterygius macrocephalus (Bleeker, 1865)


Largehead snake-moray,     Largehead moray,     Needle-tooth snake-moray



Slender, moderately elongate, compressed at rear; tail slightly longer than head & trunk; snout short, ~ conical; eye moderate, over middle of jaws; front nostril tubular; posterior nostril not tubular, is a hole  with a raised rim above front part of eye; gill opening a small slit at ~ mid side; pores above & below eye, along lower jaw, a single minute branchial pore in front of gill opening; teeth conical, slender, sharp, teeth of jaws biserial, those of roof of mouth uniserial;  dorsal & anal fins present as skin covered ridges near tip of tail. 



Overall brown, usually with mottled pattern evident; tip of tail white to yellowish.


Size: reaches 47 cm.

Habitat: rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 1-15 m.

Christmas Island (Indian Ocean) and Japan to the eastern Pacific; in our region known from southern Baja California and central part of the Gulf of California to Peru, plus the Revillagigedos, Clipperton, Isla del Coco, and the Galapagos.
   

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