Stout Moray, Gymnothorax eurostus (Abbott 1860)

Other Names: Abbott's Moray, Indo-Pacific Stout Moray, Spotted Moray, White-speckled Moray

A Stout Moray, Gymnothorax eurostus, at Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A brownish moray with irregular yellow and black markings, and a white margin on the tail. The Stout Moray is darker posteriorly with more markings.
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Stout Moray, Gymnothorax eurostus (Abbott 1860)

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Houtman Abrohlos to the Dampier Archipelago, WA, and from One Tree Island, QLD, to at least Swansea, NSW; also at Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific with an anti-tropical distribution.

Inhabits coastal reefs, hiding in crevices, caves and under ledges during the day in depths to 25 m.


To 60 cm


Highly variable in colour, from tan to brown with a spotted head, and irregular darker spots superimposed over pale yellow spots, often appearing as a reticulated pattern on the tail.


Carnivore - a voracious nocturnal predator feeding mostly on reef fishes.


Of no interest to fisheries.



Bray, D.J.

Stout Moray, Gymnothorax eurostus (Abbott 1860)


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CAAB Code:37060034

Behaviour:Nocturnal predator

Depth:1-25 metres

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:60 cm TL

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