Rhinomuraena quaesita   Garman,  1888 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Shao, K.T.

Size: 130 cm TL.

Color: Juveniles all black, males have yellow dorsal fin and females change to a nearly all yellow color, but usually with blue in the posterior.

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Anal spines: 0. Has three fleshy tentacles on the tip of its lower jaw, a single fleshy pointed projection at the tip of its snout, and tubular anterior nostrils ending in gaudy, fanlike expansions.

Only moray that undergoes abrupt changes in coloration and sex: it is a protandrous hermaphrodite, i.e., functioning males reverse sex to become females. Protandry is diagnosed based on colouration, but not confirmed.

Synonym (s)
Rhinomuraea quaesita Garman, 1888
Rhinomuraena ambonensis Barbour, 1908

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feed on small fishes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Rajaram, R and Nedumaran, T (2009) Ichthyofaunal diversity in great Nicobar biosphere reserve, Bay of Bengal Journal of Threatened Taxa Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society 1(3) 166-169 Available at - http://threatenedtaxa.org/ZooPrintJournal/2009/March/o198526iii09166-169.pdf

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