Chlopsis sagmacollaris Pogonoski & Tighe, 2015

Family:  Chlopsidae (False morays)
Max. size:  22.8 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 397 - 405 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: off northern Western Australia but probably more widespread in the eastern Indian Ocean and Timor Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 385-385; Anal soft rays: 357-357; Vertebrae: 142-142. Distinguished by the high vertebral count (total 142, predorsal 12, preanal 42, precaudal 58), combined with the distinctive saddle-shaped pigmentation on the nape of the neck; overall coloration is much lighter than its congeners with the dorsal pigmentation being light brown to tan rather than the dark brown to grayish brown and ventral tip of its tail is relatively unpigmented rather than dark brown to black (Ref. 106145).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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