Echidna delicatula (Kaup, 1856)
Mottled moray
Echidna delicatula
photo by FAO

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  65 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Sri Lanka to Samoa, northern to southern Japan.
Diagnosis:  Description: Characterized by yellowish brown color with fine mottling of darker brown and yellow iris; body depth at gill opening 14-17 in TL; origin of dorsal fin is anterior to gill opening; anus anterior to middle of body; head and trunk about 1.2-1.5 in tail; conical teeth; upper jaw teeth in two rows; about 9-13 large teeth forming a semicircle in intermaxillary; two rows of vomerine teeth (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults occur in shallow areas among corals (Ref. 37816). A gonochoristic species (Ref. 32169).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 21.05.96
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 31.03.15

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