Gymnothorax zonipectis (Seale, 1906)
Gymnothorax zonipectis (Seale, 1906)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Gymnothorax zonipectis

English Name: Barredfin moray

Creole Name:

French Name: Murène à nageoire rayée

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 0.

A small moray eel with an elongated snout. Jaws pointed and elongated, slightly curved. Tail longer than the rest of the body.

Colour: Ground colour light brownish body, with many vertical irregular dark brownish bars on body side. Tail with oblique, thick, comb-like, dark­
brownish band. Fine white speckling towards the anterior of the body and irregular dark marks, bordered by white, behind the eye. Head markings more 
distinct in juveniles, adults can be plain brown. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 50 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits outer reef slopes (depth 8-40 m, usually 20-40 m). Associated with coral and rubble areas. Usually in caves below 20 m. Nocturnal. Benthic. 
Feeds on small fishes and crustaceans.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It does not appear to be subject to the artisanal fishery. 


Photographed at Baie Ternay, Mahé.
First recorded in Seychelles in 1994 (Randall & van Egmond), who recorded the species at D'Arros, St Jospeh and Beau Vallon, Mahe. 


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