Gymnothorax smithi Sumod, Mohapatra, Sanjeevan, Kishor & Bineesh, 2019
Indian white spotted moray eel

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  61.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range - 200 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean, southeastern Arabian Sea, India.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by the following characters: a moderate sized moray eel with greyish brown colour overlain with small irregular white spots; anus is slightly behind mid-point of the body; broad head with short jaws, the snout tip blunt and short; eyes small and closer to rictus than to the snout tip; teeth pointed and serrated teeth, the vomerine teeth uniserial anteriorly, biserial centrally and uniserial posteriorly; branchial pores 1-2; vertebral count 3-5 /57/130-132 (Ref. 121832).
Biology:  Known only from three type specimens collected by demersal trawl at about 200 m depth (on the basis of holotype, not known for paratypes) (Ref. 121832).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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