Gymnothorax taiwanensis Chen, Loh & Shao, 2008
Taiwanese moray eel
Gymnothorax taiwanensis
photo by Chen, H.M./Loh, K.H.

 Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
 Max. size:  52.3 cm TL (male/unsexed); 42.5 cm TL (female)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m
 Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Taiwan.
 Diagnosis:  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).
 Biology:  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).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 06.01.09

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