Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Muraeninae
Etymology: Enchelycore: Greek, enchelys, = eel + Greek, kore = pupil (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 4450), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Atlantic: Bermuda, southern Florida (USA), Bahamas, and western Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: a single uncertain record from Fernando Poo in Equatorial Guinea (Ref. 4450).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 34.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251)
Prefers rocky bottoms (Ref. 26340). Also found in and around coral reefs.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25 - 28.1, mean 27.4 °C (based on 809 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00050 (0.00025 - 0.00101), b=3.26 (3.09 - 3.43), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 175 [104, 328] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.914 [0.545, 1.563] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [16.5, 21.1] % ; Omega3 = 0.265 [0.121, 0.695] g/100g ; Selenium = 72.3 [35.4, 141.0] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 33.9 [10.3, 111.7] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.999 [0.705, 1.417] mg/100g (wet weight);