Animal Species:Zebra Moray, Gymnomuraena zebra (Shaw & Nodder, 1797)

The species is distinctively coloured, being brown to orange-brown  with many white to yellowish bands.

Standard Common Name

Zebra Moray

Alternative Name/s

Zebra Eel

Size range

It grows to 1.5 m in length but individuals over 1 m are rare.

Distribution

Zebra Morays occur in tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific.  In Australia the species is known from off north-western Western Australian and from Cape York to Gladstone, Queensland.

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.

Gymnomuraena zebra

Classification

Species:
zebra
Genus:
Gymnomuraena
Family:
Muraenidae
Order:
Anguilliformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. 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 , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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