Gymnothorax davidsmithi McCosker & Randall, 2008
Flores mud moray
Gymnothorax davidsmithi
photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  29.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 3 - 35 m
Distribution:  East Indian Ocean: Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 156. This species is distinguished by the following characters: body elongate, slender brown with spots on head and anterior throat region; anal fin has a pale margin; anus is before midbody; preanal length 2.15 in TL; depth at gill opening 33 in TL; head 10.7 in TL; middle of orbit is above the middle of jaw; jaws are moderate, not recurved; conical teeth, mostly uniserial; jaw teeth numerous and closely spaced; body color uniformly tan overlain with white spots and markings on throat, forehead, cheeks, nape and anterior branchial basket; MVF 4-64-156 (Ref. 83560).
Biology:  Collected over dark, silty sand (Ref. 83560). Found in mud bottoms of coastal bays in 3-35 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 November 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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