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Gymnothorax niphostigmus  Chen, Shao & Chen, 1996

Snowflake-patched moray
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

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 Ecology

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)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

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.

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

Northwest Pacific: Taiwan, including the Pescadore Islands (=Penghu).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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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.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00093 (0.00044 - 0.00198), b=3.11 (2.93 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.