Gymnothorax pindae Smith, 1962
Pinda moray
Gymnothorax pindae
photo by Winterbottom, R.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  39 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 43 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Society Islands, north to the Amami Islands in Japan and the Marshall and Hawaiian islands, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0; Vertebrae: 110-124. Uniformly brown moray that differs from G. monochrous by having lower jaw teeth that are finely serrated on their posterior margins. Description: Characterized by diffuse dark brown ring around the eye; body depth at gill opening 11-15 in TL; origin of dorsal fin anterior to gill opening; anus anterior to middle of body; single row of compressed and triangular jaw teeth; larger teeth serrate; usually two median teeth at front of upper jaw, first is conical and short, second is slender canine (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs on reef flats as well as lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of at least 43 m. Benthic to 40 m (Ref. 58302, 75154). Cryptic (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 August 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 20.02.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 21.09.16
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 13.05.94

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