Gymnothorax johnsoni (Smith, 1962)
Whitespotted moray
Anguille pintade,  Murène à ronds blancs
Gymnothorax johnsoni
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  130 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 20 - 400 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea south to Algoa Bay, South Africa.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 135-137. Pale brown with irregular, light spots anteriorly, larger and more rounded on tail and in young. Corner of mouth and gill opening dusky.
Biology:  Inhabits crevices (Ref. 5503). Minimum depth based of 20m (Ref. 81209).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 August 2011 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Museum: southeast coast, ca. 500 m east of Pointe Bambou, USNM 342128 (Ref. 33390). Also Ref. 5503.

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