Gymnothorax vicinus (Castelnau, 1855)
Purplemouth moray
Gymnothorax vicinus
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  132 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 750.0 g
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 145 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Bermuda, southern Florida (USA), and the Bahamas to Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, and islands of Bay of Biafra (Ref. 4450).
Diagnosis:  Mottled greenish or brown overall, often with darker flecks. Anal and caudal fins have white margins that continue onto rear third and sometimes entire length of dorsal fin (Ref. 26938).
Biology:  A benthic and solitary species (Ref. 26340) inhabiting rocky shores and reefs where water is clear. Most active at night (Ref. 9710). Marketed fresh (Ref. 5217). May cause serious wounds (Ref. 5217). Traded as an aquarium fish at CearĂ¡, Brazil (Ref. 49392).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 August 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
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Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 03.03.93
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 25.04.18
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 03.08.94

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