Animal Species:Fimbriate Moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus (Bennett, 1832)

The Fimbriate Moray is grey to light brown with rows of well separated dark brown blotches. It occurs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific.

Standard Common Name

Fimbriate Moray

Alternative Name/s

Darkspotted Moray, Spot-face Moray

Identification

The Fimbriate Moray is grey to light brown with rows of well separated dark brown blotches. The head is greenish-yellow dorsally. There is a large white spot at the rear of the lower jaw. A row of large canine teeth runs along the roof of the mouth.

Size range

The species grows to about 80 cm in length.

Distribution

The Fimbriate Moray occurs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is known from off north-western Western Australia and from northern to southern Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Gymnothorax fimbriatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Fimbriate Moray specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is found in coral reef and inshore waters.

Classification

Species:
fimbriatus
Genus:
Gymnothorax
Family:
Muraenidae
Order:
Anguilliformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawai’i Press. Pp. 584.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Fimbriate Moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus, Muraenidae, eel, grey, light brown, dark brlown blotches, blotches/mottled, tropical water, Darkspotted Moray, Spot-face Moray, greenish-yellow, 30 cm - 1 m, coral reef, marine, inshore water,