Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Uropterygiinae
Etymology: Scuticaria: Latin, scutum = shield (Ref. 45335); okinawae: Named for its location of capture. More on authors: Jordan & Snyder.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal. Tropical
Indo-Pacific: Mauritius to Hawaii and Tahiti, north to Japan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 90.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 169 - 177. Color in alcohol uniform yellowish brown to chocolate brown. Easily identified by its very short tail (anus at 2/3 TL) and its uniform dark coloration (Ref. 35990). MVF 168-170-176.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Böhlke, E.B. and J.E. McCosker, 1997. Review of the moray eel genus Scuticaria and included species (Pisces: Anguilliformes: Muraenidae: Uropterygiinae). Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 148:171-176. (Ref. 40843)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 17.9 - 28.2, mean 25.6 °C (based on 323 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00069 (0.00033 - 0.00144), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (58 of 100) .