Uropterygius nagoensis Hatooka, 1984
Nago snakemoray
photo by Winterbottom, R.

 Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Uropterygiinae
 Max. size:  71.3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 30 m
 Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands (Ref. 559), Taiwan (Ref. 12711), Indonesia (Ref. 47567), Papua New Guinea (Ref. 28888) eastward to Tonga (Ref. 53797), Fiji and Solomon Island (Ref. 90102).
 Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 136-138. Description: Characterized by pale brown color with large dendritic, interconnected dark brown spots forming coarse reticular pattern; irregular white band across interorbital space; body depth at gill opening about 24-25 in TL; rudimentary fins; anus anterior to middle of body; preanal length 2.1-2.2 in TL; gill opening on upper third of side; without lateral-line pores anterior to gill opening; slender and sharp teeth in four rows in upper jaw, three rows in lower, teeth progressively longer medially and depressible inner rows; medial row of intermaxillary with two extremely long and slender canines; three progressively smaller vomerine teeth in single row (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Inhabits caves and crevices of coral reef in about 10-30 m (Ref 90102).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 21.05.96
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 23.07.13

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