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Comprehensive Description

Biology

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

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Wikipedia

Diaphenchelys pelonates

Diaphenchelys pelonates, the mud-dwelling moray, is an eel of the family Muraenidae which inhabits tropical waters around Indonesia. It is the only species in its genus.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Diaphenchelys pelonates" in FishBase. June 2011 version.
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