Gymnothorax moringa

Spotted moray | White-chinned Moray | Hamlet Speckled Moray | Common Conger Eel | Common Spotted Moray | White Cong | White-jawed Moray Eel
Gymnothorax moringa
Gymnothorax moringa, Belize, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Gymnothorax moringa
Gymnothorax moringa, Abrolhos, Bahia, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Gymnothorax moringa
Gymnothorax moringa


Tropical Atlantic/Caribbean


White with a dense covering of brown blotches, and two round, bare white spots on lower jaw. Inhabits crevices and holes in the reef where it sits with only its head protruding, opening and closing its jaws to fan water over its gills.


Max Size: 200 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.5-30.9°C

Depth: 0-200m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.11

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 (15.1% 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: Joe Shields