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| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Gymnothorax flavimarginatus (Rüppell, 1830)
Yellowmargin moray, Yellow-edged moray
Adults heavy bodied; 1 row of 1-3 canines at front of upper jaw; sides of top jaw with 2 rows of teeth, outer row larger, recurved, compressed, serrated; dorsal and anal fins covered with skin, but clearly evident; dorsal fin origin a little before gill opening; anus a little before mid-length.
Yellowish, densely and finely mottled with dark brown; a prominent black blotch covering gill opening; yellow-green margins on dorsal and anal fins.
Size: reaches 124 cm.
Habitat: rocky bottoms.
Depth: 1-150 m, usually <50m.
Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Americas; in the eastern Pacific it occurs at the tip of Baja California, and Costa Rica and Panama, and all the offshore islands.