Gymnothorax niphostigmus Chen, Shao & Chen, 1996
Snowflake-patched moray
Gymnothorax niphostigmus
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.
 Biology: 
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   
 

 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.06.97

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