IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol)
Muraena lentiginosa Jenyns, 1842

Jewel 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.

Coloration variable but typically brown with dark-edged yellow spots, becoming more numerous with growth; other varieties are yellowish brown to nearly white with darker brown mottling; a rather inconspicuous black area covering gill opening; black spot at rear corner of mouth preceded by a white area on lower jaw .

Size: reaches 61 cm

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 5-25 m

The central Gulf of California to Peru, plus the Revillagigedos, Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos.


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