White-margined Moray, Enchelycore schismatorhynchus Bleeker 1853

Other Names: Brown Moray Eel, Funnel-nostril Moray

A White-margined Moray, Enchelycore schismatorhynchus, at the Similan Islands, Thailand. Source: @perigor2000 / http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A pale grey to medium brown moray with a whitish or pale yellowish underside to the head and anterior part of the body, and a conspicuous narrow white margin on the fins.

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White-margined Moray, Enchelycore schismatorhynchus Bleeker 1853

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Found in the Australian Territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits lagoons and outer reefs, sheltering in crevices during the day. Feeds at night.


Vertebrae: 137-142. 
Lower jaw with the longest canines  confined to the anterior third of the toothed area..

Species Citation

Muraena schismatorhynchus Bleeker, 1853, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. voor Nederlandsch Indië 4: 301. Type locality: Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia, eastern Indian Ocean.


Dianne J. Bray

White-margined Moray, Enchelycore schismatorhynchus Bleeker 1853


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CAAB Code:37060082


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:120 cm TL

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