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| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Muraena argus (Steindachner, 1870)
Argus moray, White-spotted moray
Snout moderate, more or less conical; both nostrils tubular, rear nostril above anterior margin of eye; jaws not arched, mouth completely closable; jaw teeth slender, conical, not serrated, in single row on each jaw; teeth on center of roof of mouth non-depressible; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but clearly evident; dorsal fin origin well ahead of level of gill opening.
Brown, body with three rows of large irregular yellow-brown blotches and numerous small white spots; intense black spot covering gill opening; a black spot at rear corner of mouth, not preceded by white; margin of dorsal and anal fin white.
Size: attains 110 cm
Habitat: rocky bottoms.
Depth: 5-80 m
Islands of Southern California and Baja, the lower Gulf of California to southern Mexico, Colombia to Peru, and all the oceanic islands except Clipperton.