IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol)
Muraena clepsydra Gilbert in Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Hourglass moray

Snout moderate, more or less conical; both nostrils tubular, rear one over front edge of eye; jaws not arched, mouth completely closable; jaw teeth slender, conical, not serrated, in single row on each jaw; all teeth on roof of mouth depressible; head and trunk shorter than tail; dorsal fin origin before gill opening.

Brown with dense covering of irregular cream- colored spots; a large (equal to 2.5 times size of eye diameter or more) ocellated black spot covering gill opening; a black spot at rear corner of mouth preceded by white area on the lower jaw; young with 5-6 series of small hourglass-shaped spots.

Size: largest about 97 cm

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-25 m

The tip of Baja and central Mexico to northern Peru, including the Revillagigedos, Galapagos and Malpelo.


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