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Species: Gymnothorax dovii, Fine-spotted moray, Speckled moray

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body & fins: green or brown + dense white dots

Gymnothorax dovii (Günther, 1870)

Finespotted Moray, Speckled Moray

Moderately robust; head slender and snout pointed; rear nostril not tubular, with a raised rim; teeth of jaws conical, without serrations; 1 row teeth on sides of upper jaw, three longitudinal rows of teeth at front of upper jaw; 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.

Dark brown to greenish-brown, peppered with numerous small white spots .

Size: to 170 cm.

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-160 m.

The Gulf of California to Peru.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Mangrove
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Corals
  • Sand & gravel
  • Rocks
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 170
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 160