Lipspot Moray, Gymnothorax chilospilus Bleeker 1865

Other Names: Whitelip Moray Eel, White-lipped Reef-eel

A Lipspot Moray, Gymnothorax chilospilus, from North Solitary Island, New South Wales - showing the diagnostic white blotch on the lower lip near the corner of the mouth.. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Variable in colour from pale yellowish to brownish, with irregular darker brownish bars and pale markings, a white spot surrounding each pore along the upper and lower jaws, and a large white blotch on the lower lip near the corner of the mouth.

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Lipspot Moray, Gymnothorax chilospilus Bleeker 1865

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Offshore reefs of Western Australia, Ashmore Reef and the Great Barrieer Reef, Queensland, to at least Julian Rocks, New South Wales, also Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species os widespread in the Indo-west-central Pacific from South Africa to Hawaii, north to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, and south to northern Australia. 

Species Citation

Gymnothorax chilospilus Bleeker, 1864, Nederland. Tijdschr. Dierk 2: 52. Type locality: East Indies. 


Bray, D.J.

Lipspot Moray, Gymnothorax chilospilus Bleeker 1865


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

Bleeker, P. 1864. Poissons inédits indo-archipélagiques de l'ordre des murènes. Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor de Dierkunde 2: 38-54.

Böhlke, E.B. & McCosker, J.E. 2001. The moray eels of Australia and New Zealand, with the description of two new species (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Records of the A.ustralian Museum 53: 71-102 figs 1-10

Böhlke, E.B., McCosker, J.E. & Smith, D.G. 1999. Family Muraenidae. pp. 1643-1657 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

Charter, S.R. & H.G. Moser. 1996. Muraenidae: morays. p. 88-91. In H.G. Moser (ed.) The early stages of fishes in the California Current region. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) Atlas No. 33. 1505 pp.

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2

Francis, M.P. & Randall, J.E. 1993. Further additions to the fish faunas of Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 118-135 figs 1-22 pls 1-4

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

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CAAB Code:37060033

Depth:1-45 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:50 cm TL

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