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| Common names: moray (English), morena (Espanol) |
Gymnomuraena zebra (Shaw, 1797)
Tail short, ~ 1/3 of TL; teeth close set, molar-like, in 2-3 rows on lower jaw, in continuous pavement on top jaw and on roof of mouth; gill opening a small hole on mid-side; dorsal and anal fully but poorly developed; dorsal fin origin before gill opening; tip of tail blunt with a skin-covered fin.
Brown to nearly blackish with narrow whitish bars.
Size: attains 150 cm, but common to 100 cm.
Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.
Depth 1-50 m.
Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Americas; in the eastern Pacific it occurs in the southwest Gulf of California to Ecuador, and all the oceanic islands.