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Enchelycore lichenosa (Jordan and Snyder, 1901)
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Enchelycore lichenosa
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Enchelycore lichenosa

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Enchelycore lichenosa
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Enchelycore lichenosa

Main identification features
  • brown + white spots and blotches
  • lower jaw curved - greater than gap between jaws
Dorsal and anal fins developed as skin-covered ridges, but clearly evident; rear nostril not tubular, at most with a raised rim; mouth large, lower jaw curved, so that a gap is present and teeth visible when mouth is closed; sharp, canine-like teeth of both jaws in 2-3 rows.

Dark brown, head and throat with numerous irregular white to yellowish blotches and spots; a series of large pale blotches on side of body.

Size: grows to 90 cm.

Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-25 m.

Known only from Japan and the Galapagos.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 25 m.
Depth Range Min: 5 m.
Diet: octopus/squid/cuttlefish; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); octopus/squid/cuttlefish; mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic worms.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=2; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-90; Latitudinal range=4; Longitudinal range=3.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: TEP non-endemic; West + East Pacific (but not Central); "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific); All species.
Habitat: Corals; Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 90 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Island (s) only; Eastern Pacific non-endemic; Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Humann, P., 1993., Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos., New World Publishing:192pp.
  • Jordan , and Snyder,., 1901., A review of the apodal fishes or eels of Japan, with descriptions of nineteen new species., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 23:837-890.
  • McCosker , J.E. and Rosenblatt, R.H., 1975., The moray eels (Pisces: Muraenidae) of the Galapagos Islands, with new records and synonymies of extralimital species., Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci., 40:417-427.


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