By Bob Goemans
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Gymnothorax javanicus

(Bleeker, 1859)

Giant Moray, Javanese Moray

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Red Sea, and East Africa to the Marquesas and Pitcairn Group, north to Southern Japan, and south to New Caledonia and the southern Great Barrier Reef.

Size: 115 inches (9.7 ft) (287.5 cm (3 m))

Natural Environment: Inhabits coral areas on sloping reef walls at depths between 3 to about 150 feet (1 – 45 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: Quite drab, having a overall dark brownish body with black spots behind the head and around the gill openings. Not collected for the trade.


    Order: Anguilliformes

    Suborder: Muraenoidei

    Family: Muraenidae

    Subfamily: Muraeninae

    Genus: Gymnothorax

FYI: Shown here for identification only. Unsuitable for home aquariums.

 Gymnothorax javanicus (Giant Moray, Javanese Moray)
Photo © Alfredo Carvalho Filho
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