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Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Anguilliformes
Family Muraenidae
Genus Enchelycore

Enchelycore is a genus of moray eels in the family Muraenidae. Enchelycore species are generally small to medium-sized eels, most ranging from 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 cm) in length, with the largest being the Mosaic Moray (Mosaic Moray|E. ramosa), which reaches a length of 6 feet (180 cm). Members of the genus feature distinctive, curved jaws that prevent them from fully closing their mouth and aids them in catching, and holding on to prey. Enchelycore species can also feature extremely bright colors (Leopard Moray Eel|E. pardalis, E. anatina) and ornate markings (E. lichenosa).


There are currently 13 recognized species in this genus:

Fangtooth Moray, Enchelycore anatina
Hookjaw Moray, Enchelycore bayeri
Bikini Atoll Moray, Enchelycore bikiniensis
Caribbean Chestnut Moray, Enchelycore carychroa
Dark-spotted Moray,Enchelycore kamara
Reticulate Hookjaw Moray, Enchelycore lichenosa
Mottled Conger Moray, Enchelycore nigricans
Enchelycore nycturanus
Slenderjaw Moray, Enchelycore octaviana
Leopard Moray Eel, Enchelycore pardalis
Mosaic Moray, Enchelycore ramosa
White-margined Moray, Enchelycore schismatorhynchus
Enchelycore tamarae