Gymnothorax prionodon (Ogilby, 1895)

Gymnothorax prionodon
Gymnothorax prionodon
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 17 March 1996
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
20m
Gymnothorax prionodon
Gymnothorax prionodon
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Common name: Saw Tooth Moray
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed through the Western Pacific from southern Japan to Australia and New Zealand. In Australia recorded from Shark Bay in Western Australia, southern Queensland south to at least Port Stephens in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents harbours and coastal reefs, but more commonly seen offshore around rocky boulder slopes adjacent to islands. Depth to 80 m, more often shallower.

Additional Notes:

Narrow head with spots and yellow eye, linked dark bars along the body. Fins have lighter margin. Only occasionally seen in open water, usually secretive in coral/rock with head only exposed. Grow to 1.5 m commonly 80 cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p. 39.

Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p. 33.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Gymnothorax-prionodon.html. Accessed 27/05/18.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Gymnothorax+prionodon. Accessed 27/05/18.