Enchelycore bikiniensis (Schultz, 1953)
Bikini Atoll moray
photo by Shao, K.T.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  60 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, and Kapingamarangi to Samoa and the Marquesan Islands; north to Taiwan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Mottled species. Posterior nostril is greatly enlarged and surrounded by a crenulated rim. Fins are white-edged.
Biology:  Occurs in crevices of surge channels and rugged wave-swept reefs.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 August 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.10.92
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 20.10.00
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 18.03.94

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