Gymnothorax buroensis   (Bleeker,  1857) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Max length: 35.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Dark brownish with numerous reticulated transverse black markings, those on the lower half of trunk breaking up into spots.

Head 6.6-7.5, depth of body 12.5-13.5, both in total length. Head and trunk equal to or slightly longer than tail. Eye diameter 8.0-9.5 in head, 1.5-1.6 in snout and 1.2-1.3 in interorbital space. Cleft of mouth 2.4-2.5 in head. Head 2.5-2.8 in trunk. Origin of dorsal fin on rear of head, midway between gill opening and rictus. Anterior nostril tubular, on each side of tip of snout, posterior nostril opposite front edge of eye, with slightly raised rims. Two series of teeth on maxillary, the outer row compressed and small and the inner series of 8-9 conical teeth. Intermaxillary with an outer series of compressed teeth and three inner rows of depressible caniniform teeth, the hind ones longest. A single row of teeth on vomer. A single series of compressed teeth, slightly inclined backwards on the mandible and 3-4 depressible caninoid teeth in an inner series anteriorly on each side.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Muraena buroensis Bleeker, 1857
Gymnothorax buroensis Schultz, 1953
Lycodontis buroensis Smith and Smith, 1963
Gymnothorax meleagris (non Shaw, 1795)
(Misapplied name)
Lycodontis buroensis (Bleeker, 1857)
(Senior synonym)
Muraena buroensis Bleeker, 1857
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Vagrant Moray (English)
• Malanhi (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes, benthic crustaceans


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -

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