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 35 - 150 m (Ref. 12958). Subtropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12958)
Dorsal fin moderately high. Anus in front of mid-body point. Body and fins darkish brown, with numerous snowflake-like patches. Skin of pericranium area with many small whitish spots. Corner of mouth blackish. Anal fin margin white, while edge of the dorsal and caudal fins are dark.
Northwest Pacific: Taiwan, including the Pescadore Islands (=Penghu).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chen, H.-M., K.-T. Shao and C.-T. Chen, 1996. A new moray eel, Gymnothorax niphostigmus, (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from northern and eastern Taiwan. Zool. Studies 35(1):20-24. (Ref. 12958)
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=0.00093 (0.00045 - 0.00194), b=3.10 (2.92 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .