| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Gymnothorax angusticeps (Hildebrand and Barton, 1949)
Head large (16% of TL); snout a little deeper than wide in cross-section; eye small, over center of mouth; front nostril a tube about 2/3 length of eye; posterior nostril at level of profile of head, just before front edge of eye; mouth large, straight, closes completely, lips with small papillae; teeth little compressed, with minute serrations at base of most of them, teeth in single series on jaws, none on roof of mouth; head and trunk about ½ TL; dorsal fin high (maximum height = snout + eye), its origin well before gill opening; gill opening an oblique slit, about twice size of eye; skin of body very wrinkled, wrinkles extending onto dorsal fin.
Light brown, with dark lines in wrinkles on body and dorsal fin.
Size: 98 cm.
Habitat: rocky reefs.
Depth: 1-225 m.
Ecuador to northern Peru; Malpelo and the Galapagos.
Global Endemism: All species, East Pacific endemic, Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism: All species, TEP endemic, Panamic province endemic, Continent + Island (s), Continent, Island (s)
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo), South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
Catalog Number: USNM 144254
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): O. Barton
Year Collected: 1946
Locality: Peru: Talara, Peru, Pacific
Inshore/Offshore: Inshore, Inshore Only
Water Column Position: Bottom, Bottom only
Habitat: Reef (rock &/or coral), Reef only, Rocks, Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat: Demersal
Habitat and Ecology
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs), octopus/squid/cuttlefish, bony fishes
Life History and Behavior
CITES: Not listed
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