IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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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.


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