Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Muraeninae
Etymology: Gymnothorax: Greek, gymnos = naked + Greek, thorax, -akos = breast (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 45 m (Ref. 13539). Subtropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 37.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13539)
Morphology | Morphometrics
A plain-colored light brown moray with a black eye ring, white blotches around the last two infraorbital pores and last three mandibular pores, and a single branchial pore.
South Pacific: Southwest Pacific: Lord Howe I. Southeast Pacific: Rapa I., Ducie Atoll, Easter I. and Desventuradas Is.
Ranges from very shallow inshore areas or tide pools to depths of at least 45 m depth (Ref. 13539).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lavenberg, R.J., 1992. A new moray eel (Muraenidae: Gymnothorax) from oceanic islands of the South Pacific. Pac. Sci. 46(1):58-67. (Ref. 13539)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00091 (0.00044 - 0.00191), b=3.11 (2.94 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (20 of 100) .