By Bob Goemans
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Gymnothorax griseus

(Lacepede, 1803)

Geometric Moray

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea and throughout the area.

Size: 26 inches (65 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits shallow coastal coral or rocky reefs at depths between 3 to about 130 feet (1 – 40 m) and stays under rocks and/or in caves during daytime and hunts prey during evening hours when it feeds mainly on smaller fishes and crustaceans.

General Husbandry: Has a tannish body with small black spots, and with the head somewhat brownish. Not collected for the trade.


    Order: Anguilliformes

    Suborder: Muraenoidei

    Family: Muraenidae

    Subfamily: Muraeninae

    Genus: Gymnothorax

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

 Gymnothorax griseus (Geometric Moray)
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