- Photo. (c) 2023. Chris Mason-Parker.
- Photo. (c) 2023 Chris Mason-Parker.
Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 0.
A slender, medium sized moray with small eyes, a short rounded snout and short tubes for front and rear nostrils. Mouth long. Teeth slender, sharp,
2 rows on jaws, at least anteriorly. Teeth in front of upper jaw and in inner series larger. Tail very short, with blunt, skin-covered tip. Dorsal and anal
fins greatly reduced and only visible near tip of tail.
Colour: Yellow to orange-brown body with dark blotches (yellow-edged) and spots of varying sizes becoming smaller on the head. Front of head, snout &
jaws with dense small dark spots and dot. Nostrils dark.
Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 140 cm TL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Inhabits lagoons and seaward reefs (depth 8-25m). Associated with sandy areas of rocky and coral reefs. Secretive. Nocturnal. Feeds on small fishes and
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. If subject to the artisanal fishery, it is a very rare component of the catch.
Photographed Baie Ternay, Mahe.
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