Overview

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Biology

Stays in holes and crevices. Feeds mainly on crabs and fish (Ref. 26966).
  • Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley 1989 Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
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Distribution

Southwest Pacific: New Zealand and southern Australia.
  • Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley 1989 Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
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Southwestern Pacific: Australia and New Zealand.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 915 mm TL
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Max. size

91.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 26966))
  • Russell, B.C. 1983 The food and feeding habits of rocky reef fish of north-eastern New Zealand. N.Z. J. Mar. Freshwat. Res. 17(2):121-145. (Ref. 26966)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine
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Depth range based on 5 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 1 - 51
  Temperature range (°C): 25.882 - 25.882
  Nitrate (umol/L): 1.057 - 1.057
  Salinity (PPS): 35.071 - 35.071
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.429 - 4.429
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.225 - 0.225
  Silicate (umol/l): 4.143 - 4.143

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 1 - 51
 
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Trophic Strategy

Is nocturnally active; stays in crevices and holes during the day (Ref. 26966). Feeds mainly on crabs and fish (Ref. 26966).
  • Russell, B.C. 1983 The food and feeding habits of rocky reef fish of north-eastern New Zealand. N.Z. J. Mar. Freshwat. Res. 17(2):121-145. (Ref. 26966)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Gymnothorax prasinus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 8
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
  • Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott 1991 World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)
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Wikipedia

Yellow moray

The yellow moray, Gymnothorax prasinus, is a moray eel of the genus Gymnothorax, found in southern Australia and between North Cape and the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand.

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