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
Coral Eel, Giraffe Eel, Honeycomb Moray, Blackspotted Moray.
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.
The species grows to 1.8 m in length. There are unconfirmed reports of individuals up to 3 m long.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The species is found in depths from 1 m to at least 50 m.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Michael, S.W. 1998. Reef Fishes. Volume 1. A Guide to Their Identification, Behaviour, and Captive Care. Microcosm. Pp. 624.
- 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 , Senior Fellow
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,