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| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Gymnothorax undulatus (Lacepède, 1803)
Head pointed; tail ~ ½ TL; teeth pointed and well developed; 3 rows of teeth at front of top jaws, with 3 long fangs there; 1 row of teeth at sides of top jaws, sometimes with a few inner canines in small fish; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but clearly evident; dorsal fin high, origin before gill opening.
Usually pale yellowish, but also brown, grey or whitish; head heavily mottled with dark spots, top often greenish yellow; body with large dark blotches separated by diffuse yellowish lines, forming "chain-link" pattern, this pattern more pronounced in juveniles than adults, which are irregularly mottled.
Size: attains at least 150 cm.
Habitat: rocky bottoms.
Depth: 1-30 m.
Widespread in the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Americas; in the eastern Pacific it occurs from Costa Rica to Colombia, and the Revillagigedos Islands.