Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Uropterygiinae
Etymology: Cirrimaxilla: Latin, cirrus = fringe, curl + Latin, maxilla = jaw.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 86942). Subtropical
Northwest Pacific: known only from Nan-wan, Ping-tung County, Taiwan (Ref. 10992). Reported in New Caledonia, found in the stomach of the sea snake Laticauda (Ref. 77055).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.6 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 132. Body very stout, muscular, elliptical anteriorly, somewhat compressed posteriorly. Dorsal and anal fins restricted to tail end, confluent with caudal fin. Mouth large, lower protruding and slightly curved upward, snout pointed. Jaws with beard-like cirri.
Holotype collected from a tidal pool.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chen, H.-M. and K.-T. Shao, 1995. New eel genus, Cirrimaxilla, and description of the type species, Cirrimaxilla formosa (Pisces: Muraenidae) from southern Taiwan. Bull. Mar. Sci. 57(2):328-332. (Ref. 10992)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.5 - 27.9, mean 26.5 °C (based on 469 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00069 (0.00033 - 0.00144), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .