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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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The standard name of the species comes from the yellowish-brown to green colouration of the fish. The head is usually orange. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
Images, Occurrence record
Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat
Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
OZ Animals
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Port Phillip Marine Life
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Queen Victoria Museum Art Gallery provider for OZCAM
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
CAAB Code, Author
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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Body elongate, robust, yellowish to greenish, head yellow, both jaws with a line of dark pores.
Description : Body elongate, robust, compressed, dorsal fin low, fleshy, arising on head; snout narrow, bluntly rounded, with visible nostril tubes and a series of large pores surrounded by black along both jaws; mouth large with prominent fang-like teeth; brown to yellowish-brown or bright green, head yellowish. Up to 1.5 m long head to tail tip.
Biology : The Green Moray is relatively common on the eastern and western coasts, where it occurs in bays, estuaries, and on coastal and offshore reefs. This curious eel shelters in rocky holes and crevices often amongst kelp, and may bite if provoked.
Habitat: Rocky reefs in weedy areas.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Distribution: New Zealand and southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Shallow (1-30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Gymnothorax prasinus


Synonyms Source
Muraena prasina Richardson, 1848 Richardson, 1848 Richardson, 1848
Published in: Richardson, J. 1848. Ichthyology. The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., during the years 1839–43 Vol. 2 pp. 139 pp. 75-139 pls 42-43 & 44 (parts), 45-52, 53
Gymnothorax jacksoniensis Bleeker, 1863 Bleeker, 1863 Bleeker, 1863
Published in: Bleeker, P. 1863. Notices sur une collection de poissons de la Nouvelle Hollande faite à Port Jackson. Versl. Meded. K. Akad. Wet. Amsterdam [Versl. Akad. Amsterdam] Vol. 15 pp. 442-451
Gymnothorax maculaepinnis Bleeker, 1866 Bleeker, 1866 Bleeker, 1866
Published in: Bleeker, P. in Steindachner, F. 1866. Zur Fischfauna von Port Jackson in Australien. Sber. Akad. Wiss. Wien. Vol. 53 (1) pp. 424-480 figs 1-7
Muraena callorhyncha Günther, 1870 Günther, 1870 Günther, 1870
Published in: Günther, A. 1870. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the Physostomi, containing the families Gymnotidae, Symbranchidae, Muraenidae, Pegasidae, and of the Lophobranchii, Plectognathi, Dipnoi, [thru] Leptocardii, in the British Museum London : British Museum Vol. 8 pp. 549 pp.
Gymnothorax leecote Scott, 1965 Scott, 1965 Scott, 1965
Published in: Scott, E.O.G. 1965. Observations on some Tasmanian fishes. Part 13. Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tas. Vol. 99 pp. 53-65 fig. 1

Common Names

Common name Source
Green Moray
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Brown Reef Eel
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Green Eel
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Green Reef Eel
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Southern Green Moray
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Sydney Green Eel
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Yellow Moray
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Working classification

Gymnothorax prasinus  Recorded in Australia

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Name references found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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