IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: snake-moray (English), morena (Espanol)
Uropterygius versutus Bussing, 1991

Crafty snake-moray,     Two-holes snake-moray,     Black-eye snake-moray

Slender, moderately elongate, compressed at rear; tail slightly longer than head & trunk; snout short, ~ conical; eye moderate, over middle of jaws; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a short tube above eye; a pair of minute pores in front of gill opening; pores above & below eye, along lower jaw; gill opening a small slit at ~ mid side; teeth conical, slender, sharp, in 2 rows on jaws, 1 row on roof of mouth;  dorsal & anal fins present as skin covered ridges near tip of tail.

Uniform brown or golden brown, sometimes with irregular whitish blotches on body.

Size: largest specimen, 56 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: ranges from tide pools to a depth of 40 m.

The tip of Baja California, and Central Mexico to Colombia, and the Revillagigedos, Clipperton, Cocos and the Galapagos.   


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