Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Anguilliformes > Muraenidae > Gymnothorax > Gymnothorax moringa

Gymnothorax moringa (White-jawed moray eel; White-chinned moray; White jawed moray; White cong; Spotted moray; Speckled moray; Red moray; Hamlet; Eel; Congo; Conger eel; Conger; Common spotted moray; Common conger; Moray eel)

Synonyms: Gymnothorax albimentis; Gymnothorax concolor; Gymnothorax flavoscriptus; Gymnothorax moringua; Gymnothorax picturatus; Gymnothorax rostratus; Lycodontis albimentis; Lycodontis moringa; Muraena moringa; Murenophis caramuru; Murenophis curvilineata; Sidera flavoscripta; Sidera moringa; Thyrsoidea concolor
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Wikipedia Abstract

The spotted moray (Gymnothorax moringa) is a medium to large moray eel. Other common names include conger, spotted eel, red moray, speckled moray, white cong, white jawed moray, white-chinned moray and white-jawed moray eel. Spotted eels have a long snake-like body, white or pale yellow in overall color with small overlapping reddish brown to dark-brown spots. They are commonly 60 cm (24 in) in length and can grow to 2 m (6.6 ft), and weigh 2.51 kg (5.5 lb). They inhabit the Western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. They are also found around the Mid- and Eastern Atlantic islands as far south as St Helena. They are typically found anywhere from the surface to a depth of 200 m (660 ft).
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve VI 358906 Mexico    
Cayos Cochinos Archipelago National Park Natural Marine Monument   Honduras  
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Parque Marino Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano National Park II 129688 Mexico      
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Saba Marine Park National Marine Park II 5573 Netherlands Antilles  
Seaflower Marine Protected Area 15125514 Colombia      

Prey / Diet

Haemulon aurolineatum (Seize)[1]
Lutjanus griseus (Snapper)[1]
Stegastes fuscus (dusky damselfish)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aulostomus maculatus (Trumpetfish)1
Lutjanus analis (Virgin snapper)1
Lutjanus campechanus (Red snapper)1
Lutjanus cyanopterus (Guasinuco)1
Lutjanus jocu (Snuggletooth snapper)1
Mycteroperca microlepis (Velvet rockfish)1
Ophichthus ophis (Spotted snake eel)1
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Atlantic sharp-nosed shark)1
Seriola dumerili (Yellow tail)1
Synodus foetens (Soapfish)1


Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[2]
Epinephelus striatus (White grouper)[1]
Lutjanus apodus (Schooly)[1]
Lutjanus jocu (Snuggletooth snapper)[1]
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Snook shark)[2]
Scorpaena brasiliensis (Barbfish)[2]


Parasitized by 
Dictysarca virens[3]
Dinurus tornatus[3]
Dollfustrema gravidum[2]
Dollfustrema macracanthum[2]
Lecithochirium grandiporum[3]
Pseudopecoelus gymnothoracis[3]
Stomachicola rubeus[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Florida Aquarium
London Aquarium


Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Ascension Island; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Brazil; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; French Guiana; Grenada; Guatemala; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Nicaragua; North Brazil Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Western Central; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Suriname; Trindade Island; Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Viet Nam; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean to southeastern Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Ascension and St. Helena (Ref. 4450). Mid- and eastern Atlantic islands (Ref. 26938).;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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