Reptilia | Squamata
SAUP Database. 2006. (Ref. 356)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 91.0 cm SVL male/unsexed; (Ref. 78637); common length : 90.0 cm SVL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2352)
Reef-associated; depth range 1 - 15 m (Ref. 78637)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 51°N - 58°S (Ref. 356)
Indo-West Pacific, Northwest Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Feeds exclusively and frequently on large numbers of eggs of small fishes such as damselfish, blennies and gobies. Moves slowly and continuously across crevices and burrows while hunting for fish nests. Only active during daylight. Locates its prey via smell rather than through visual cues (Ref. 101738). Mating behavior: Males stimulate females during copulation with the use of their larger rostral spine (Ref. 2352).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
High vulnerability (56 of 100)