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Biology

Found on mud bottom with scattered rocks in 15-32 m (Ref. 90102).
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Distribution

Flores Island, Indonesia.
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Western Pacific: Indonesia.
  • McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall 2007 A new genus and species of mud-dwelling moray eel (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from Indonesia. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 58(22):469-476. (Ref. 75775)
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Physical Description

Morphology

Vertebrae: 155
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Size

Max. size

46.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 75775))
  • McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall 2007 A new genus and species of mud-dwelling moray eel (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from Indonesia. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 58(22):469-476. (Ref. 75775)
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Diagnostic Description

This species is small, elongate, slender, brown moray has white spots and vermiculations on the head behind the rictus and extends into the anterior trunk; pale margins posteriorly on fins; anus before midbody; length of preanal 2.5-2.6 in TL; gill opening depth 33-35 in TL; head 10-11 in TL; short snout, rear margin of orbit above middle or eye; jaws moderately long, not recurved; conical teeth, some needle-like; biserial maxillary teeth, those on outer row smaller and closely spaced; mostly uniserial mandibular teeth, outer row smaller and closely spaced; MVF 6/56/154 (Ref,. 75775).
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

demersal; marine; depth range 15 - 32 m (Ref. 75775)
  • McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall 2007 A new genus and species of mud-dwelling moray eel (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from Indonesia. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 58(22):469-476. (Ref. 75775)
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Conservation

Threats

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Wikipedia

Diaphenchelys pelonates

The Mud-dwelling moray,[1] Diaphenchelys pelonates, is an eel of the family Muraenidae, and the only species in the genus Diaphenchelys.[2] It was described by John E. McCosker and John Ernest Randall in 2007. It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from Indonesia, in the western Pacific Ocean. It dwells at a depth range of 15 to 32 metres (49 to 105 ft), and inhabits muddy bottoms, from which its species epithet, "pelonates" (translating literally as "mud dweller", from Ancient Greek, and treated as a noun in apposition), is derived. Males can reach a maximum total length of 46.5 centimetres (18.3 in).[2]

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  1. ^ Common names of Diaphenchelys pelonates at www.fisbase.org.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Diaphenchelys pelonates" in FishBase. June 2011 version.
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