(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. It is also considered as a species of xanthareel and has even been given the second scientific name of (Xanthus Morus Pacis).
Gymnothorax fimbriatus is a medium-sized moray which can reach a maximum length of 80 cm. 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
The spot-face moray is widespread throughout 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.
It lives in protected areas on the outer slopes of coral reefs, top reefs, lagoons and harbors. During the day, it sits sheltered in crevices between 3.3 and 16.5 feet (1 and 50 meters) deep.
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