Gymnothorax chilospilus

Lipspot Moray | Textile Moray | White-lipped Reef Eel
Gymnothorax chilospilus
Gymnothorax chilospilus, Solitary Islands, New South Wales, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Gymnothorax chilospilus
Gymnothorax chilospilus, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
1 / 2
Gymnothorax chilospilus
Gymnothorax chilospilus


Temperate Africa, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Light spots on head, usually with light patch on the upper section of lower jaw near the corner of the mouth. Otherwise variable in colour, including nearly all brown, or dark brown bars and blotches on reddish background.


Max Size: 51 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.6-30.5°C

Depth: 1-45m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (14.3% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland