yellow edged moray

Scientific name Gymnothorax flavimarginatus
Descriptor Rüppell
Year of description 1830
IUCN category LC
Family Muraenidae
Genus Gymnothorax
Gymnothorax flavimarginatus Gymnothorax flavimarginatus


Gymnothorax flavimarginatus, commonly known as yellow edged moray, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    200 cm
  • Maximum size
    240 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    200 cm
  • Maximum size
    240 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern

How to recognize the yellow edged moray ?

The yellow edged moray measures between 200 and 240 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly noir and marron body. The also has noir ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The yellow edged 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 yellow edged moray is a fish solitary naturally found near the rocks. This species is carnivorous .

The yellow edged 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
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The yellow edged moray is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
  • Bite

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 150 m

Biotope presentation

The yellow edged moray is most often found at a depth between 0m and 150m. 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.

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.

Interspecific Communicative and Coordinated Hunting between Groupers and Giant Moray Eels in the Red Sea - Redouan Bshary - Andrea Hohner - Karim At-el-Djoudi - Hans Fricke - PLOS biology - 2006. Volume 4 issue 12

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