Teleostei (teleosts) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Muraeninae
Etymology: Gymnothorax: Greek, gymnos = naked + Greek, thorax, -akos = breast (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Girard.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 100 m (Ref. 9761), usually 10 - 19 m (Ref. 89891). Subtropical; 67°N - 36°N, 118°W - 153°W
Western Atlantic: southern Florida to Texas and Yucatan in Mexico, but most common west of Mississippi River Delta.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 99.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 1.4 kg (Ref. 40637)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Brown, with small yellow or white spots on body and lower half of fins (Ref. 26938).
Abundant in seagrass beds and banks from 10-19 m depth. Rarely found in bays; absent from coral reefs.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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