Moringua hawaiiensis Snyder, 1904
Hawaiian spaghetti eel

Family:  Moringuidae (Worm or spaghetti eels)
Max. size:  45.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range - 40 m
Distribution:  Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Island; probably Easter Island and other islands of Polynesia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 188-130. This species is characterized by the following: males with 118-122 vertebrae, females 122-130; lateral line pores posterior to gill opening in males 95-104, females 101-108; body depth 40-70 in TL; tail 3.0-3.4 in TL; head 12.5-17 in TL; eyes over posterior part of gape, in immature individuals are minute, in adults about 2 in snout length; at front of snout, anterior nostrils in a short tube; before upper part of eye, posterior nostrils a large aperture; teeth on jaws and vomer are conical and uniserial, the intermaxilla with 7 moderately large recurved teeth; dorsal fin origin about 2/3 HL posterior to anus; in immature eels, the pectoral fins are not detectable, in mature males about as long as gape; color in life of immatures pink to purplish pink anteriorly, pale yellow posteriorly, mature adults distinctly bicolored, dark gray above, white below, caudal fin partly blackish (Ref. 86689).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 22 November 2019 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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