Gymnothorax elegans Bliss, 1883
Elegant moray
Goldsborough's moray eel,  Elegant moray
Gymnothorax elegans
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  64.7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 92 - 450 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, north to the Ogasawara Islands.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 141-141. Greenish with yellowish spots; brown stripe from chin to anus and alongside anal.
Biology:  Found in deep waters (Ref. 10713). May occur in crevices of steep drop-offs in as little as 25 m (Ref. 37816). Benthic (Ref. 58302).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 August 2011 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from Maui to Northampton Seamount at 92-400 m (Ref. 58302). Museum: BPBM 9027 (Ref. 10713). Also Ref. 37816.


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