Gymnothorax niphostigmus Chen, Shao & Chen, 1996
Snowflake-patched moray
photo by Shao, K.T.

 Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
 Max. size:  75.7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 35 - 150 m
 Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Taiwan, including the Pescadore Islands (=Penghu).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal fin moderately high. Anus in front of mid-body point. Body and fins darkish brown, with numerous snowflake-like patches. Skin of pericranium area with many small whitish spots. Corner of mouth blackish. Anal fin margin white, while edge of the dorsal and caudal fins are dark.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.06.97

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