Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Muraeninae
Etymology: Gymnothorax: Greek, gymnos = naked + Greek, thorax, -akos = breast (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 10 - 19 m (Ref. 7251). Subtropical; 41°N - 24°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251)
Western Atlantic: New Jersey, USA and Bermuda to southern Florida, USA and eastern Gulf of Mexico (to Mississippi River Delta). Reported from Cuba and Belize (Ref. 26340).
Abundant in seagrass beds and banks; rarely in bays and not occurring on coral reefs.
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00093 (0.00044 - 0.00198), b=3.11 (2.93 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .