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Chlopsis kazuko Lavenberg, 1988
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Chlopsis kazuko
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Chlopsis kazuko

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Main identification features
  • d: origin over/before gill opening
  • dark above, abruptly pale below
Kazuko's false-moray

Snout bluntly pointed; front nostril tubular, points downward, rear nostril under eye opens in top lip; mouth moderately large, extends behind eye; jaw teeth small, in 3 rows; 2 series of teeth on vomer; lateral line pores on head only; gill opening small, oval, lateral; pectoral fin absent; dorsal and anal fins well developed, continuous with tail; dorsal fin origin over or slightly before gill opening; 123-126 vertebrae, 34-39 before anus.

Tan above, abruptly changing to white below; no pale collars or stripe on snout.

Size: 12 cm.

Habitat: sand and coralline rubble.

Depth: 50-100 m.

The tip of Baja and Jalisco, Mexico to Costa Rica.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 100 m.
Depth Range Min: 50 m.
Diet: mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; octopus/squid/cuttlefish.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=24; Southern limit=9; Western limit=-110; Eastern limit=-83; Latitudinal range=15; Longitudinal range=27.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Soft bottom only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 12 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Lavenberg, R. J., 1988., Chlopsid eels of the eastern pacific with a new species and descriptions of larval forms., Bull. Mar. Sci., 42:253-264.
  • Love, M.S., Mecklenburg, C.W., Mecklenburg, T.A., Thorsteinson, L.K., 2005., es of the West Coast and Alaska: a checklist of North Pacific and Artic Ocena species from Baja California to the Alaska-Yukon border., U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, 288pp.


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