Gymnothorax monostigmus   (Regan,  1909) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 338-573 mm

Color: Plain brown, slightly lighter below; eye in a rectangular deep black blotch extending about one eye diameter behind eye; 4 mucus pores on side of lower jaw and 3 on side of upper jaw and posterior nostril situated in white spot; median fins edged broadly whitish posteriorly.

Head 8.1-8.3, depth of body 15.4-16.2, both in total length. Tail about half length of head shorter than head and trunk. Eye diameter 11-12 in head, about 1.8-1.9 in bluntly rounded snout and 1.6-1.7 in interorbital space. Anterior nasal tubes short on each side of tip of snout; posterior nostrils with raised rims, above anterior border of eye. Teeth in one series in jaws, those near the symphysis of upper jaw canines; 2 mesial fang like teeth on premaxillary; maxillary with an inner row of 2 teeth; one series of short teeth on vomer. Dorsal fin origin above or slightly anterior to a level from gill opening. Skin very rough.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Muraena monostigma Regan, 1909
Gymnothorax monostigmus Schultz, 1953

Common Name (s)
• Kilouveng
• Malanhi
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy 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 -

Page last updated on:2010-04-07

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