Gymnothorax australicola Lavenberg, 1992
South Pacific moray
Gymnothorax australicola
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  37.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 45 m
Distribution:  South Pacific: Southwest Pacific: Lord Howe I. Southeast Pacific: Rapa I., Ducie Atoll, Easter I. and Desventuradas Is.
Diagnosis:  A plain-colored light brown moray with a black eye ring, white blotches around the last two infraorbital pores and last three mandibular pores, and a single branchial pore.
Biology:  Ranges from very shallow inshore areas or tide pools to depths of at least 45 m depth (Ref. 13539).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 August 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.10.97
Modified by: Busson, Frédéric - 12.08.05

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