Zebra Moray, Gymnomuraena zebra (Shaw & Nodder 1797)

Other Names: Zebra Eel

A Zebra Moray, Gymnomuraena zebra, at Puerto Galera, Philippines. Source: Paddy Ryan / http://www.ryanphotographic.com/. License: All rights reserved

A tan to dark brown moray with irregular close-set narrow white to pale yellow bars or bands.

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Dianne J. Bray, Gymnomuraena zebra in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4295

Zebra Moray, Gymnomuraena zebra (Shaw & Nodder 1797)

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North West Cape, Western Australia, and off Gladstone (23°S, 151°E) to north of Cape York, QLD (10°S, 142°E); tropical, Indo Pacific.Inhabits sandy and rocky areas, including crevices, ledges and holes on exposed reef flats and seaward reefs.


Carnivore - uses its close-set pebble-like teeth to crush hard-shelled invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and sea urchins.

Species Citation

Gymnothorax zebra Shaw 1797, The Naturalist's Miscellany 9: pl. 322.Type locality: Sumatra, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Zebra Moray, Gymnomuraena zebra (Shaw & Nodder 1797)


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Shaw, G. & Nodder, F.P. 1797. The Naturalist's Miscellany, or coloured figures of natural objects; drawn and described from nature. London Vol. 9 pls 301–324, unnumbered pages.

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CAAB Code:37060029

Depth:1-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:150 cm TL

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