Mud-dwelling Moray, Diaphenchelys pelonates McCosker & Randall 2011


Holotype of the Mud-dwelling Moray, Diaphenchelys pelonates, a male from Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, BPBM 32205. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A small, slender, brown moray with white spots and vermiculations on the head, behind the jaws and on the anterior trunk, and pale fin margins.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2017, Diaphenchelys pelonates in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Dec 2017, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5328

Mud-dwelling Moray, Diaphenchelys pelonates McCosker & Randall 2011

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Distribution

Recorded in Australia from the Kimberley and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Features

Vertebrae 155. 
Body elongate, slender; anus before midbody, preanal length 2.5-2.6 in TL; gill opening depth 33-35 in TL; head 10-11 in TL; short snout, rear margin of orbit above middle or eye; jaws moderately long, not recurved; conical teeth, some needle-like; biserial maxillary teeth, those on outer row smaller and closely spaced; mostly uniserial mandibular teeth, outer row smaller and closely spaced; MVF 6/56/154.

Etymology

The specific name pelonates is from the Greek pelos (= mud), and nates (= dweller).

Species Citation

Diaphenchelys pelonates McCosker & Randall 2007, Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 58(22): 471, Figs. 1-7. Type locality: Indonesia, Flores, Maumere Bay, off Sao Wisata Resort, 8°37'49.15"S, 122°18'45.75"E, depth 30-32 m.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Mud-dwelling Moray, Diaphenchelys pelonates McCosker & Randall 2011

References


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

McCosker, J.E. & Randall, J.E. 2007. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences A new genus and species of mud-dwelling moray eel (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from Indonesia. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 58: 469–476.

Quick Facts


Depth:15-32 m

Habitat:Muddy bottoms

Max Size:46.5 cm TL

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