Enchelycore anatina (Tiger moray)


The tiger moray, Enchelycore anatina, is definitely an impressive moray. The color of the head is orange to yellow with yellow spots. It has a long snout with the upper and lower jaw wide apart from each other, full of long, jagged teeth. This gives the moray an aggressive appearance. The back part of the moray is dark brown with yellow blotches. They are nocturnal, so during the day they will seek shelter in or under rocks.


Stated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red list. Even though it is considered uncommon, the species is widespread. Furthermore no known threats have been described for the tiger moray. Therefore it is listed as Least Concern.


Enchelycore anatina can be found throughout the Eastern AtlanticEastern Atlantic. It is know to live in the Azores, Madeira, Canary, Cape Verde, Ascension and St. Helena Islands including record from the Mediterranean coast of Israel, Greece and Cyprus. They prefer rocky and rubble bottoms, in a depth range of 1-30 meters.



Up to 12o cm.

Prey / Predation

This species feeds on fish and octopus.

Special features

The tiger moray is also know by its other common name, fangtooth moray