Gymnothorax fuscomaculatus (Schultz, 1953)
Brown spotted moray
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 25 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Tuamoto Islands and Fiji (Ref 001602); Philippines, south to Australia (Ref 90102).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0; Vertebrae: 112-122. Pale brown, evenly marked with round, dark brown spots (Ref. 3257). Dorsal fin begins far from the head, closer to the anus. Teeth short and conical. Description: Characterized by body depth at gill opening 14-20 in TL; no canines (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs among corals and rubble of seaward reefs. Very secretive (Ref. 9710, 75154). Benthic at 1-22 m (Ref. 58302, 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 August 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.10.92
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 13.08.08
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.08.94

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