Uropterygius fuscoguttatus Schultz, 1953
Brown spotted snake moray
photo by Winterbottom, R.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Uropterygiinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 5 - 25 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Maldives to the Pitcairn group, north to the Hawaiian Islands, southwest to Samoa. Also recorded from OuvĂ©a Atoll, New Caledonia (Ref. 13236).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0; Vertebrae: 113-124. Greatly reduced fins restricted to the end of the tail. Mouth containing numerous needle-like teeth. Uniformly brown anteriorly becoming covered with darker brown spots on the tail. Description: Characterized by body depth at gill opening 17-25 in TL; anus at or slightly anterior to middle of body; gill opening at middle of side; three rows of jaw teeth, increasing in size inwardly; median row at front of upper jaw with 2-3 canines (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs (Ref. 30874, 75154), among rubble with algae and invertebrate cover (Ref. 48635, 58302). Benthic (Ref. 58302, 75154). Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 30874.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 29 January 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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