Animal Species:Tessellate Moray, Gymnothorax favagineus Bloch & Schneider, 1801

The Tessellate Moray is grey to pale brown with black spots on the head, body and fins. The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific.

Standard Common Name

Tessellate Moray

Alternative Name/s

Coral Eel, Giraffe Eel, Honeycomb Moray, Blackspotted Moray.

Identification

The Tessellate Moray is grey to pale brown with black spots on the head, body and fins. The spots become relatively smaller as the fish grows.

Size range

The species grows to 1.8 m in length. There are unconfirmed reports of individuals up to 3 m long.

Distribution

The Tessellate Moray occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is known from north-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south 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 favagineus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Tessellate Moray specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is found in depths from 1 m to at least 50 m.

Classification

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

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Michael, S.W. 1998. Reef Fishes. Volume 1. A Guide to Their Identification, Behaviour, and Captive Care. Microcosm. Pp. 624.
  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, Tessellate Moray, Gymnothorax favagineus, Muraenidae, eel, grey, pale brown, block spots, dots/spots, tropical water, Coral Eel, Giraffe Eel, Honeycomb Moray, Blackspotted Moray, > 1m, shallow water,