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| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Gymnothorax pictus (Ahl, 1789)
Peppered moray, Paint-spotted moray
Elongate, anus at mid-length; posterior nostrils not tubular, at most a raised rim; teeth on jaws mostly in 1 row, short and conical at front, compressed and triangular along sides; 2 rows that diverge anteriorly on roof of mouth; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but clearly evident; dorsal fin origin ~ above level of gill opening.
White with dense covering of irregularly arranged small black spots on head; body with dark spots more regularly arranged in large blotches separated by thin pale areas; juveniles with spots clustered into large, pale centered blotches arranged in several longitudinal rows.
Size: to 140 cm.
Habitat: rocky bottoms.
Depth: 0-5 m.
Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Americas; in the eastern Pacific it occurs at western Panama and offshore islands including Clipperton, the Revillagigedos, Cocos and the Galapagos.