Gymnothorax favagineus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
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Gymnothorax favagineus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
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Scientific Name: Gymnothorax favagineus

English Name: Laced moray

Creole Name: Kong mouske or Kong leopar

French Name: Murène à taches noires

IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)

Description:

Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 0.
Dorsal-fin origin on head. Front of jaws usually with 4 large canines on each side.
Cream-white body with numerous dark brown to black polygonal spots forming a reticulated pattern. Spot pattern very variable. Some individuals may have a near black overall appearance. Spots on head less regular in shape and more numerous. Spots more widely spaced on belly, frequently with light whitish margin. 
 


Size:

Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 300cm TL. Typically up to 175cm TL. 


Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits reef flats and outer reef slopes (depth 1-40m, typically 5-40m). Often in holes with cleaner wrasses or shrimps. Feeds on cephalopods and small fishes. Large adults may be aggressive. One of the two largest of Indo-Pacific morays.


Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the hand line and trap fishery, but is an uncommon to rare component of the catch. 


Notes:
References:

Anam, R. & Mostarda, E. (2012). FIELD IDENTIFICATION GUIDE TO THE LIVING MARINE RESOURCES OF KENYA. UNFAO Rome, 2012. ISBN 978-92-5-107239-4

Chen, H-M. et al (1994). A Review of the Muraenid Eels (Family Muraenidae) from Taiwan with Descriptions of Twelve New Records. Zoological Studies 33(1) 44-64 (1994).

Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. 2019. FishBase. https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5391 (10/06/19).


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