Fimbriated moray

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Fimbriated moray
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Muraenidae
Genus: Gymnothorax
Species: G. fimbriatus
Binomial name
Gymnothorax fimbriatus
(E. T. Bennett, 1832)

The fimbriated moray (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) also known as darkspotted moray or spot-face moray is a moray eel of the family Muraenidae.

Description[edit]

Gymnothorax fimbriatus is a medium sized moray which can reach a maximum length of 80 cm.[1] Its serpentine in shape body has a white cream to light brown background color dotted with numerous black spots which latter vary in size and shape depending on the individual and maturity. Its head has a tapered snout and it's greenish yellow with black dots, the corners of the mouth are white.

Distribution & habitat[edit]

The spot-face moray is widespread trough out the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific area, mainly on the coastal reefs of oceanic islands from Madagascar to Polynesia and from south Japan to New Caledonia.[2][3][4]

It lives in protected area on the outer slopes of coral reefs, top reefs, lagoons and harbours the day it sits sheltered in crevices between 1 and 50 meters deep.[5]

Biology[edit]

The fimbriated moray is carnivorous, it leaves its lair at night to actively hunt its preys along the reef. It feeds mainly on small fish and crustaceans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p.
  2. ^ http://doris.ffessm.fr/fiche2.asp?fiche_numero=1568&fiche_etat=4&origine=
  3. ^ Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno and T. Yoshino, 1984. The fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Vol. 1. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 437 p. (text).
  4. ^ Chen, H.-M., K.-T. Shao and C.T. Chen, 1994. A review of the muraenid eels (Family Muraenidae) from Taiwan with descriptions of twelve new records. Zool. Stud. 33(1):44-64.
  5. ^ Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research.

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