Gymnothorax dovii (Günther, 1870)
Finespotted moray
photo by Danna, P.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  170 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 36 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Costa Rica to Colombia, including the Galapagos Islands. Also in the Gulf of California (Ref. 35581).
Biology:  Benthic between rocks and on sand and mud substrates. Lurks in holes, crevices and dark recesses. Constantly opens and closes its mouth--an action required for respiration, not a threat (Ref. 5227).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 May 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 04.07.95
Modified by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 11.09.14

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