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Anguilliformes  -  Muraenidae  -  Gymnothorax  -  Gymnothorax meleagris

Gymnothorax meleagris

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dark brown, + dense small yellow spots

inside mouth white


Gymnothorax meleagris (Shaw & Nodder, 1795)

Guineafowl moray,     White-mouth moray

Robust; anus a little before mid-length; front nostril a simple tube; posterior nostril a hole at level of profile of head; lower jaw straight, mouth closes completely; teeth sharp, teeth in jaws mostly in 2 rows, those across front of top jaws in 5 rows, with a row of larger canines in middle; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but very evident; origin of dorsal midway between gill opening and corner of mouth.

Body and fins yellowish-brown to brown with numerous small, dark-bordered white spots, dense on head, becoming sparser at rear; tip of tail white; gill opening in black blotch; inside of mouth white .

Size: 120 cm.

Habitat: rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 1-45 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant at the Galapagos and Cocos.

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