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); oligospondylus: Name from Greek 'oligo' meaning few and 'spondylos' for vertebrae; referring to its lower vertebral count .. More on author: Randall.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 15 m (Ref. 79875). Subtropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 53.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79875)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 100 - 103. This species is distinguished by having the following characters: body color grey, blackish reticular pattern; higher body depth; fewer vertebrae (100-103); teeth on jaw 3 rows, denser dentition, longer teeth; anus close to mid-body point; head length 6.4-7.3 in TL; trunk length 2.7-2.8 in TL; depth at gill opening 12.0-15.5 in TL; eye diameter 21.4-23.3 in HL; snout length 4.9-6.2 in HL (Ref. 79875).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific, Taiwan, Solomon Is., and Vanuatu.
Collected from rocky shores by longline and rotenone (Ref. 79875).
Loh, K.-H., Chen, I.-S., J.E. Randall and H.-M. Chen, 2008. A review and molecular phylogeny of the moray eel subfamily uropterygiinae (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from Taiwan, with descriptiuon of a new species. The Raffles Bull. Zool. 19:135-150.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00111 (-0.15929 - 0.16151), b=3.06 (2.97 - 3.15), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 0.0 ±0.0 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766