Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Muraeninae
Etymology: Gymnothorax: Greek, gymnos = naked + Greek, thorax, -akos = breast (Ref. 45335); baranesi: Named for Dr. Albert (Avi) Baranes, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range ? - 200 m (Ref. 74922). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 85.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74922)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 137 - 142. This moderately large species of moray is distinguished by the following characters: color pattern irregular, complex, rosette-like pale spots on a brown background, the spots becoming smaller on head; intermaxillary teeth in one peripheral and one median row; 1-2 rows of maxillary teeth, the inner one, when present, has two depressible teeth; mandibular teeth in one row; vertebrae 6-7, 52-55, 137-142 (Ref. 74922).
Western Indian Ocean: Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Israel.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Smith, D.G., E. Brokovich and S. Einbinder, 2008. Gymnothorax baranesi, a new moray eel (Anguilliformes:Muraenidae) from the Red Sea. Zootaxa 1678:63-68. (Ref. 74922)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00093 (0.00045 - 0.00194), b=3.10 (2.93 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .