Highfin Moray, Gymnothorax pseudothyrsoideus (Bleeker 1852)

Other Names: False Spotted Moray, Mottled Moray-eel, Yellow-lined Reef-eel

A Highfin Moray, Gymnothorax pseudothyrsoideus, at South West Rocks, New South Wales, April 2013. Source: Sascha Schultz / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale moray with small dark spots aggregating to form about four rows of hexagonal markings along the body, and a narrow pale margin posteriorly on the fin, especially in juveniles. The pattern becomes diffuse in adults.

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Highfin Moray, Gymnothorax pseudothyrsoideus (Bleeker 1852)

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Rottnest Island, Western Australia, around the tropical north, to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific. Usually found on shallow reefs including tidepools.


Dorsal-fin origin anterior to gill opening; anus at about mid-body; canine teeth moderately large, in a single row in jaws (smaller specimens with an inner row of 1-3 larger teeth); usually a median row of three intermaxillary canines; vomer with a single row of 3-9 small teeth.

Species Citation

Muraena pseudothyrsoidea Bleeker 1852, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederland. Indië 3: 778. Type locality: Macassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Highfin Moray, Gymnothorax pseudothyrsoideus (Bleeker 1852)


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CAAB Code:37060005

Depth:0-68 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:80 cm TL

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