IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol)
Gymnothorax panamensis (Steindachner, 1876)

Masked moray,     Panamic moray

Robust; head large, snout short, forehead profile oblique; teeth pointed and well developed; outer series of teeth in jaws triangular, compressed, bent abruptly backwards at tips, their rear margins serrate; 1 row of small but evident teeth on roof of mouth; front nostril tubular, posterior nostril not tubular, flush with top head profile; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but clearly evident; dorsal fin origin well in front of level of gill opening.

Medium brown, yellowish brown on head; eye surrounded by a wide dark brown ring; pores on jaws surrounded by white.

Size: grows to 75 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Southern Baja and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to Ecuador, plus the Revillagigedos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos.


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