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Species: Gymnothorax buroensis, Latticetail moray, Vagrant moray

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front light brown + dark mottling
rear: brown + short, narrow white bars
margin of tail yellow

Gymnothorax buroensis (Bleeker, 1857)

Latticetail Moray, Vagrant Moray

Stout bodied; tail a little > ½ TL; front nostrils tubular, rear nostrils a hole at upper profile level; teeth pointed, conical, not serrated; 2 rows of teeth on side top jaws, outer row smaller, 5 rows at front; lower jaw with 2 rows at front; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but clearly evident; dorsal fin origin before gill opening;

Head light brown, finely spotted with dark brown; body with 5 rows of small dark brown blotches that tend to line up vertically forming diffuse bars, blotches larger at rear; margin of tail yellowish.

Size: reaches 47 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 1-10 m.

Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Americas; Costa Rica and western Panama, and Clipperton, Cocos and the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10
Length Max
  • 47