Animal Species:Sieve Moray, Gymnothorax cribroris Whitley, 1932
This blotchy patterned moray occurs on coastal reefs and estuaries, often in sheltered, silty waters.
Standard Common Name
The Sieve Moray varies from yellowish to dark brown. It has pale irregular spots. There are dark blotches behind the eyes.
The species grows to about 45 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology