Slender giant moray
|Slender giant moray|
(F. Hamilton, 1822)
Thyrsoidea macrura (Bleeker, 1854) Evenchelys macrurus (Jordan and Evermann, 1902)
The slender giant moray or Gangetic moray, Strophidon sathete, is the longest member of the family of moray eels. The longest recorded specimen was caught in 1927 on the Maroochy River in Queensland; it measured 3.94 metres. This species is characterized by an elongated body, as well as brownish-grey dorsal coloration which pales towards the venter.
Distribution and habitat
The slender giant moray is found in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean from the Red Sea and East Africa to the western Pacific. It generally lives in the benthic muddy environments of marine and estuarine areas, including inner bays and rivers.
- Böhlke, Eugenia B. (1997), "Notes on the Identity of Elongate Unpatterned Indo-Pacific Morays, with Description of a New Species (Muraenidae, Subfamily Muraninae)", Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 147, pp. 89–109
- Böhlke, Eugenia B. (1995), "Notes on the Muraenid Genera Strophidon, Lycodontis, Siderea, Thyrsoidea, and Pseudechidna, with a Redescription of Muraena thyrsoidea Richardson, 1845", Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 146, pp. 459–466
- Marshall, T. C. (1927), "Ichthyological Notes No. 2", Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 9, 1, pp. 107–108