Gymnothorax favagineus   Bloch & Schneider,  1801 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 300 cm

Color: Basically white with black blotches and interspaces forming a honeycomb pattern. Some individuals have a near black overall appearance. Blotches variable between individuals and size, often in relation to habitat, those in clear coral reefs usually have proportionally less black than those found in turbid waters.

Synonym (s)
Enchelycore favagineus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Gymnothorax favagiensis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Gymnothorax favagineus isingteenus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Gymnothorax permistus (Smith, 1962)
Gymnothorax pescadoris (non Jordan & Evermann, 1902)
Gymnothorax tesselatus (Richardson, 1845)
Gymnothorax tessellata (Richardson, 1845)
Gymnothorax tessellatus (Richardson, 1845)
Lycodontis favagineus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Lycodontis favagineus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Lycodontis permistus Smith, 1962
Lycodontis tessellata (Richardson, 1845)
Muraena tessellata Richardson, 1845

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Public aquariums)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated, Demersal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feeds on cephalopods and small fishes.


• Gulf of Oman
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Karnataka, Netrani Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Thomas, S; Sreeram, MP; Kakati, VS; Manisseri, MK and George, RM (2011) Coral fish diversity in Netrani waters off Murudeshwar Karnataka, south India Indian journal of fisheries CMFRI 58(1) 45-51 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -
  • Varghese, M; Manisseri, MK; Ramamurthy, N; Geetha, PM; Thomas, VJ and Gandhi, A (2011) Coral reef fishes of Gulf of Mannar, S.E of India Fishing Chimes CMFRI 31(1) 38-40 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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