Nago Snake Moray, Uropterygius nagoensis Hatooka 1984

Other Names: Nago Snakemoray

A Nago Snake Moray, Uropterygius nagoensis, from Merir Island, Palau. Source: Rick Winterbottom / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A pale brown moray with a branching pattern of darker spots forming a roughly reticulated pattern, and a whitish band across the top of the head.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Uropterygius nagoensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Sep 2023,

Nago Snake Moray, Uropterygius nagoensis Hatooka 1984

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Northwest Shelf, Western Australia, Hibernia Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west-central Pacific. Inhabits caves and crevices on coral reefs.


The species is named nagoensis for Nago, the type locality in Okinawa, Japan.

Species Citation

Uropterygius nagoensis Hatooka 1984, Japan. J. Ichthyol. 31(1): 20, figs 1-4. Type locality: Nago fish market, Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Islands.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Nago Snake Moray, Uropterygius nagoensis Hatooka 1984


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

Böhlke, E.B. & McCosker, J.E. 2001. The moray eels of Australia and New Zealand, with the description of two new species (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Records of the Australian Museum 53: 71-102 figs 1-10

Böhlke, E.B. & Smith, D.G. 2002. Type catalogue of Indo-Pacific Muraenidae. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 152: 89-172

Böhlke, E.B., McCosker, J.E. & Smith, D.G. 1999. Family Muraenidae. pp. 1643-1657 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 1397-2068 pp.

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls (p. 331, as Gymnothorax sp. 7)

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CAAB Code:37060012

Depth:10-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:71 cm TL

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