Animal Species:Sieve Moray, Gymnothorax cribroris Whitley, 1932

This blotchy patterned moray occurs on coastal reefs and estuaries, often in sheltered, silty waters.

Sieve Moray at the 'Pipeline'

David and Leanne Atkinson © David and Leanne Atkinson

Standard Common Name

Sieve Moray

Alternative Name/s

Sieve-Patterned Moray

Identification

The Sieve Moray varies from yellowish to dark brown. It has pale irregular spots. There are dark blotches behind the eyes.

Size range

The species grows to about 45 cm in length.

Distribution

The Sieve Moray is endemic to Australia, occuring off north-western Western Australia and southern Queensland to the central coast of New South Wales.

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 cribroris

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Australian Sieve Moray specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs on coastal reefs and estuaries, often in sheltered, silty waters.

Danger to humans and first aid

The Sieve Moray is not an aggressive species, but it does have sharp teeth.

Classification

Species:
cribroris
Genus:
Gymnothorax
Family:
Muraenidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Böhlke, E.B. & J.E. McCosker. 2001. The moray eels of Australia and New Zealand, with the description of two new species (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Records of the Australian Museum. 53(1): 71-102.
  2. Castle, P.H.J. in Gomon, M.F., J.C.M. Glover & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, muraenidae, Sieve-Patterned Moray, Gymnothorax cribroris, eel, coastal reef, estuaries, shelterd water, yellow, brown, pale spots, dots/spots, 30 cm - 1 m,