Grey Moray, Gymnothorax nubilus (Richardson 1848)

Other Names: Cloudy Moray

A Grey Moray, Gymnothorax nubilus, in the Poor Knights Islands, northern New Zealand, April 2009. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A pale brown moray with brown blotches on the body forming a reticulated pattern or irregular indistinct bars along the sides, a white margin on the vertical fins, and a white eye with a black horizontal stripe.

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Grey Moray, Gymnothorax nubilus (Richardson 1848)

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Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea, and New Zealand.

Species Citation

Muraena nubila Richardson 1848, Zool. Voy. Erebus Terror 1839–1843 2: 81, pl. 46(6-10). Type locality: Norfolk Island.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Grey Moray, Gymnothorax nubilus (Richardson 1848)


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 Australian Museum 53: 71-102 figs 1-10 

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

McCosker, J.E. & Stewart, A.L. 2006. Additions to the New Zealand marine eel fauna with the description of a new moray, Anarchias supremus (Teleostei: Muraenidae), and comments on the identity of Gymnothorax griffini Whitley & Phillips. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 36(2): 83-95.

Richardson, J. 1848. Ichthyology. 75-139 pls 42-43 in Richardson, J. & Gray, J.E. (eds) The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., during the years 1839–1843. London : E.W. Janson Vol. 2 Pt 2 139 pp. 60 pls.

Stewart, A.L. & McCosker, J.E. 2015. 38 Family Muraenidae (pp. 224-237). In: Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. 2015. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576.

Waite, E.R. 1909. A list of the known fishes of Kermadec and Norfolk Islands, and a comparison with those of Lord Howe Island. Trans. N.Z. Inst. 42: 370-383.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37060065

Depth:1-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:54 cm TL

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