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Gymnothorax castaneus (Jordan and Gilbert, 1883)
CHESTNUT MORAY
Panamic green moray

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Gymnothorax castaneus
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Gymnothorax castaneus

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Gymnothorax castaneus
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Overview
Main identification features
  • green-brown
  • dorsal fin with few white dots
Dorsal and anal fins developed as skin-covered ridges, but relatively tall and distinct; posterior nostril not tubular, at most a raised rim; dorsal fin origin on top of head, well in front of gill opening; teeth of jaws caniniform; top jaw with 1 row of teeth at side and three longitudinal rows of teeth at front.

Brown to brownish green, usually plain, but sometimes with a few white or yellow flecks, mostly on rear half of body, a few on dorsal fin. Juveniles are very dark to blackish; small individuals have a pale whitish border to the dorsal fin.

Size: attains 150 cm.

Habitat: mainly on rocky reefs, although juveniles also occur in mangrove areas.

Depth 1-35 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Ecuador, plus the Revillagigedos, Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos.



Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California); Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 35 m.
Depth Range Min: 1 m.
Diet: bony fishes; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); octopus/squid/cuttlefish.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=31; Southern limit=-3; Western limit=-115; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=34; Longitudinal range=37.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Corals; Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Estuary; Mangrove; Reef and soft bottom; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove).
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 150 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); TEP endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Brackish.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;


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References
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