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Uropterygius polyspilus  (Regan, 1909)

Large-spotted snake moray
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Muraenidae (Moray eels) > Uropterygiinae
Etymology: Uropterygius: Greek, oura = tail + Greek pterygion = little wing. Fin (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 18 m (Ref. 58302).   Tropical; 30°N - 18°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 78.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 130 - 136. Covered with large dark purplish-brown spots arranged in 2-3 irregular series on a reddish-tan background. Closely resembles Scuticaria tigrina which has dark spots of differing sizes.

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Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian and Society islands.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Has been collected on reef flats (Ref. 37816). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Possibly a protogynous hermaphrodite (Ref. 32169).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Randall, J.E. and D. Golani, 1995. Review of the moray eels (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) of the Red Sea. Bull. Mar. Sci. 56(3):849-880.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=-2.99000 (nan - nan), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.