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| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Echidna nocturna (Cope, 1872)
Palenose moray, Freckled 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; jaw teeth blunt becoming molar-like in adults; 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.
Dark brown to nearly blackish with scattered white to yellowish spots; front nostrils orange.
Maximum size, 75 cm.
Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.
Depth: 1-30 m.
Central Gulf of California to northern Peru, and all the oceanic islands.