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

Yellowmargin Moray

Alternative Name/s

Leopard Eel, Yellow-edged Moray

Identification

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."

Size range

The species grows to 1.2 m in length.

Distribution

 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.

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Classification

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

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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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