Gymnothorax porphyreus, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Gymnothorax porphyreus, Poor Knights Is, New Zealand, Photo: Andrew Green
Temperate Australasia, Temperate South America
Dense dark brown speckles on lighter brown base. G. javanicus (giant moray) and G. flavimarginatus (yellowmargin moray) have obvious black patch above/around gill opening. A temperate to sub-tropical NZ species, only occasionally seen in Australia at Tasman Sea Islands.
Max Size: 35 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 18.8-25.5°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (5% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland