Animal Species:Yellowmargin Moray, Gymnothorax flavimarginatus (Rüppell, 1830)
The Yellowmargin Moray is named after the yellow-green margin posteriorly on the fins. The species occurs in the Indo-Pacific and eastern Pacific regions.
Standard Common Name
Leopard Eel, Yellow-edged Moray
The species is yellowish with a densely mottled in dark brown. It has a purplish head and a black blotch over the gill openings.
Moray expert John Pogonoski stated "In preserved specimens the yellow margin is very narrow and usually restricted to the posterior tail (yellow margin appears broadest at tail tip). I can’t see evidence of it being present anywhere near the dorsal fin origin on images of preserved fish I have access to."
The species grows to 1.2 m in length.
Indo-Pacific and eastern Pacific regions.
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.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology