Muraena (Gymnothorax) punctatofasciata   Bleeker  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 47 cm.

Color: Yellowish brown above, lighter below, back and dorsal with small brown spots. Body with about 30 irregular crossbands, about as broad as the interspaces between them. Some of them encircle the body, others are only incompletely developed.

Height 21-27, head 8.3-9, 2.7 to more than 3 in trunk. Head and trunk about 1.2 in tail. Eye 8 1/2-10, Situated some-what nearer to end of snout than to corner of mouth. Snout not very much longer than eye, pointed. Cleft of mouth three times or somewhat more in length of head. The mouth can be shut completely. Dorsal rather low, beginning before gill-openings, which are rather wider than the eye. In the maxillaries on each side a series of 16-18 rather short pointed equal teeth. In young specimens there is anteriorly an inner row of three long and slender teeth. Intermaxillary plate with a peripheral series of 10-12 teeth and a median row of three long fang-like ones. A single series of 8-11 short teeth on the vomer. In the mandibles 16-18 moderately pointed teeth in a single row on each side, those near the symphysis much larger and less regularly arranged.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Muraena catenata Bleeker 1856
Gymnothorax punctatofasciatus Bleeker 1863
Muraena punctatofasciata Gunther 1870
Muraena punctatofasciata Day 1888

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1916)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1916) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A.J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 3 455 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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