tessellate moray

Scientific name Gymnothorax favagineus
Descriptor Bloch & Schneider
Year of description 1801
IUCN category LC
Family Muraenidae
Genus Gymnothorax
Gymnothorax favagineus Gymnothorax favagineus


Gymnothorax favagineus, commonly known as tessellate moray, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    200 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    30 year
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    200 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    30 year
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern

How to recognize the tessellate moray ?

The tessellate moray measures between 200 and 300 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly noir, marron and blanc body. The also has noir and marron ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The tessellate moray hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The tessellate moray is a fish solitary naturally found near the rocks. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

The tessellate moray is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights.


  • Reproduction

The tessellate moray is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 50 m
  • Flow

Biotope presentation

The tessellate moray is most often found at a depth between 0m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

A new species of Short Brown Unpatterned Moray Eel of the Genus Gymnothorax (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from the Bay of Bengal - DIPANJAN RAY - ANIL MOHAPATRA - DAVID G. SMITH - ZOOTAXA - 2015.

First record of the moray eel Gymnothorax reticularis, Bloch, 1795 in the Mediterranean Sea, with a note on its taxonomy and distribution - NIR STERN - MENACHEM GOREN - ZOOTAXA - 2013.

The Moray Eel Fishery in the Seagrass Beds of Siquijor Island, Central Philippines, with Remarks on Two New Philippine Records of the Genus Gymnothorax - BILLY T. WAGEY - ABNER A. BUCOL - VIVIE KATUUK - International Peer Reviewed Journal - 2015.

To knot or not? Novel feeding behaviours in moray eels - Shanta Barley - Jessica J. Meeuwig - Mark G Meekan - Marine Biodiversity - 2016. Volume 46, issue 3

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