Gymnothorax undulatus (Lacepède, 1803)
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Gymnothorax undulatus (Lacepède, 1803)
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Scientific Name: Gymnothorax undulatus

English Name: Undulated moray

Creole Name: Kong

French Name: Murène ondulée

IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)

Description:

Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 0.
Long canine teeth anteriorly in jaws, the longest in 1 row of 3 teeth at front of upper jaw.
A large distinctive moray with a pattern of large close set dark brown blotches, on body and fins, which form irregular bars. The interspaces are creamy white colour forming a reticulum which also contain much smaller dark spots. The Snout and head have a strong yellow caste which continues paler dorsally. 
 


Size:

Maturity: Lm unknown. Range 77-? cm. Max Length: 150cm TL. 


Habitat and Ecology:

Benthic, inhabits reef-flats, lagoons and seaward coral and rocky reefs (depth 1-110m, usually 1-26m). Nocturnal. Feeds on fishes, octopus, and crustaceans. Can be aggressive towards humans. 


Fishery Status:

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

Bray, D.J. 2016. Gymnothorax undulatus in Fishes of Australia, (11/06/19), http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/3818

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/4905 (11/06/19).


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