Gymnothorax favagineus

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Gymnothorax favagineus
Gymnothorax favagineus, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Gymnothorax favagineus
Gymnothorax favagineus, juvenile, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Gymnothorax favagineus
Gymnothorax favagineus, Bandah Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Gymnothorax favagineus
Gymnothorax favagineus
Gymnothorax favagineus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Smaller individuals black with narrow white tessellated pattern. Adults with more widely spaced, mostly circular spots. Blotches are variable between individuals. Often found in holes with cleaner wrasses or shrimps. 


Max Size: 300 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-31.2°C

Depth: 1-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.99

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: Infrequent (1.4% 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