Animal Species:Saw-tooth Moray, Gymnothorax prionodon Ogilby, 1895
The Saw-tooth Moray has a low dorsal fin, deep grooves in the opercular region and a swollen appearance behind the eyes. The species occurs in warm temperate marine waters of Australia, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand.
Standard Common Name
The Saw-tooth Moray has a low dorsal fin, deep grooves in the opercular region and a swollen appearance behind the eyes. Both jaws have a single row of large sharp teeth. Despite its common name the Saw-tooth Moray does not have serrated teeth.
Its colouration can vary from greenish brown to dark brown. It has white spots and blotches over its entire length. The spots are small on the head, and increase in size towards the tail.
The Saw-tooth Moray grows to 1.5 m in length.
The species occurs in warm temperate marine waters of Australia, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand. In Australia is is known from off southern Queensland to southern 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.
Distribution by collection data
It is sometimes found in bays, but usually occurs on rocky or deep coastal reefs.
- Bohlke, E.B. & McCosker, J.E. 2001. The moray eels of Australia and New Zealand, with the description of two new species (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Records of the Australian Museum. 53: 71-102.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology