Gymnothorax monochrous   (Bleeker,  1856) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max length: 80.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Uniform light brown; margin of dorsal slightly lighter.

Head 7.9-8.1, depth of body 22.0-22.5, both in total length. Head and trunk 1.4-1.45 in tail. Head 2.0-2.2 in trunk. Eye diameter 11.5-12.0 in head and 2.5-2.7 in pointed snout. Tip of snout to rictus about 2.4 in head. A single series of conical teeth in upper jaw and 2-3 fangs on each side within and a row of 3 larger canines on intermaxillary. Mandibles with a single series of teeth. Vomerine teeth uniserial. Front nostril tubular on each side of tip of snout; hind nostril a plain slit just above front edge of eye. Dorsal fin origin before a level from the gill openings.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Lycodontis monochrous (Bleeker, 1856)
(Senior synonym)
Muraena monochrous Bleeker, 1856
(Senior synonym)
Gymnothorax monochrous Bleeker, 1864
Gymnothorax boschi Munro, 1955
Lycodontis monochrous Smith, 1962
Muraena (Gymnothorax) boschi Weber and de Beaufort, 1916

Common Name (s)
• Brown Moray (English)
• Drab Moray (English)
• Plain Moray Eel (English)
• Veng (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Heemstra, E; Heemstra, P; Smale, M; Hoopers, T and Pelicier, D (2004) Preliminary checklist of coastal fishes from the Mauritian island of Rodrigues Journal of natural history Taylor and Francis 38(23-24) 3315 - 3350 Available at - index/
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • 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 -
  • FishPix Available at -
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -

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