Catalog Number: USNM 50869
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Illustration; Radiograph
Year Collected: 1902
Locality: Honolulu market, Oahu, Hawaii., Oahu, Hawaii, United States, Hawaiian Archipelago, Pacific
- Type: Snyder, J. O. 1904. Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission. 22 (for 1902): 519, pl. 5.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.
Depth range (m): 15.5 - 88
Temperature range (°C): 24.485 - 24.485
Nitrate (umol/L): 5.255 - 5.255
Salinity (PPS): 34.431 - 34.431
Oxygen (ml/l): 3.591 - 3.591
Phosphate (umol/l): 0.567 - 0.567
Silicate (umol/l): 10.063 - 10.063
Depth range (m): 15.5 - 88
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From 4 to 165 meters.
Habitat: demersal. Starry moray. (Gunther, 1867) Attains 100cm. Known only from Transkei to Zanzibar, Red Sea and Hawai.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Gymnothorax nudivomer
No available public DNA sequences.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Gymnothorax nudivomer
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Starry moray eel
The starry moray is a large sized fish that can reach a maximum length of 180 cm, but the ones usually observed are rather smaller. Its serpentine in shape body has a brown background color dotted with small white spots circled with darker brown than its background color. The size of these spots is relatively small at the head and is getting larger toward the tail. One of the characteristic point to identify this moray is the yellow color of its inside mouth. The gills aperture is brown dark.
Distribution & habitat
The starry moray is a solitary carnivorous, it leaves its lair at night to actively hunt its preys along the reef. It mainly feeds on fishes.
- Lieske, E. and R. Myers, 1994. Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p.
- Castle, P.H.J. and J.E. McCosker, 1986. Muraenidae. p. 165-176. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
- Mundy, B.C., 2005. Checklist of the fishes of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Bishop Museum Bulletins in Zoology. Bishop Mus. Bull. Zool. (6):1-704.
- Kuiter, R.H., 1998. Photo guide to fishes of the Maldives. Atoll Editions, Victoria, Australia. 257 p.
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