Species: Gymnothorax castaneus, Chestnut moray, Panamic green moray
Gymnothorax castaneus (Jordan & Gilbert, 1883)
Panamic green moray, Chestnut moray
Robust; snout heavy and blunt; front nostril tubular, rear nostril with a raised rim, at level of top head profile; teeth conical, without serrations; top jaw with 1 row of teeth at side and three longitudinal rows of teeth at front; dorsal and anal fins developed as skin-covered ridges, but relatively tall and distinct; dorsal fin origin on top of head, well in front of gill opening.
Brown to brownish green, usually plain, but sometimes with a few white or yellow flecks, mostly on rear half of body, a few on dorsal fin. Juvenile very dark to blackish, with a whitish border to the dorsal fin.
Size: attains 150 cm.
Habitat: mainly on rocky reefs, although juveniles also occur in mangrove areas.
Depth 1-35 m.
The Gulf of California to Ecuador.
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- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
- Reef and soft bottom
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
- FishBase Habitat
- Reef Associated
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Bony fishes
- Egg Type
- No data
- Pelagic larva
- Global Endemism
- All species
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- East Pacific endemic
- Regional Endemism
- Continent + Island (s)
- All species
- TEP endemic
- Island (s)
- Climate Zone
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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