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Gymnothorax taiwanensis  Chen, Loh & Shao, 2008

Taiwanese moray eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Muraenidae (Moray eels) > Muraeninae
Etymology: Gymnothorax: Greek, gymnos = naked + Greek, thorax, -akos = breast (Ref. 45335);  taiwanensis: Named for its type locality, Taiwan.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m (Ref. 79874).   Subtropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 52.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79874); 42.5 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 117 - 121. This moderately sized moray is distinguished by having the anus behind the mid-body; short jaws; stout teeth, with vomerine teeth biserial; body color brownish with pale thin reticular pattern; when fresh with yellowish mucus on skin surface; darkish tips or rims on nostrils; orange irises; mean vertebral formula 5-55-119 (Ref. 79874).

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Northwest Pacific: Taiwan.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in shallow reef and rocky shorelines, benthic. Feeds mainly on crustaceans and small fishes. All female specimens were found with ripe ovaries with ova measuring about 0.8-1.0 mm in diameter. Spawning apparently occurs near or from July- August (Ref. 79874).

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Chen, H-M., K-H. Loh and K-T. Shao, 2008. A new species of moray eel, Gymnothorax taiwanensis, (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from Eastern Taiwan. The Raffles Bull. Zool. 19:131-134. (Ref. 79874)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00091 (0.00044 - 0.00191), b=3.11 (2.94 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.9   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .