Short-tooth Moray, Gymnothorax kontodontos Böhlke 2000

A small unpatterned brownish to greenish-brown moray eel found on reefs in the Coral Sea.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Gymnothorax kontodontos in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 May 2024,

Short-tooth Moray, Gymnothorax kontodontos Böhlke 2000

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Reefs in the Coral Sea off Cape York, Queensland (Bougainville Reef and Osprey Reef). Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-West Pacific, from the Comores and Chagos Archipelago, eastwards to the Line Islands and Johnston Atoll.


Anus well before midbody, preanal length 2.5-2.8 in TL; head blunt and rounded, 8.3-9.7 in TL, gape short; depth at gill opening 16-20 in TL; 2 branchial pores; teeth short and smooth, maxillae short, maxillary teeth triserial, vomerine teeth biserial, dentary teeth uniserial to biserial; MVF 8-42-131. Dorsal-fin origin above or behind gill opening; tail very long (67% TL).


The species is distinguished by a combination of characters: dorsal-fin origin above or behind gill opening, very long tail (67% TL), short maxillae with triserial dentition, and MVF of 8-42-131.


Uniform brownish to greenish moray with paler fins; small brown pigment spots are visible microscopically on the head and body, the spots fewer or lacking on the fins. Dark pigment around anterior eye of larger specimens; head pores with pale rims.


The specific name kontodontos is from the Greek kontos (short) and odontos (tooth), in reference to the very short, small teeth.


Bray, D.J. 2018

Short-tooth Moray, Gymnothorax kontodontos Böhlke 2000


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Böhlke, E.B. 2000. Notes on the identity of small, brown, unpatterned Indo-Pacific moray eels, with descriptions of three new species (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Pacific Science 54(4): 395-416 Open access

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CAAB Code:37060072

Depth:1-27 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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