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Published: 2017-08-02

Gymnothorax visakhaensis sp. nov., a new species of elongate unpatterned moray eel (Muraenidae: Muraeninae) from the Indian Coast

Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Digha, India 721 428
Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center, 4210 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland MD 20746
Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Digha, India 721 428
Marine Fish Section, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, India 700 016
Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Digha, India 721 428
Pisces Anguilliformes unpatterned moray Visakhapatnam fishing harbour Andhra Pradesh Bay of Bengal

Abstract

An elongate, brown unpatterned moray eel, Gymnothorax visakhaensis sp. nov., is described based on seven specimens collected from the Visakhapatnam fishing harbour, Andhra Pradesh, India. The new species is differentiated from other elongate unpatterned moray eels in having the following combination of characters: anus at about mid-point of body, preanal length 1.9–2.1 in total length; snout blunt and short; dorsal-fin margin black, 6 mandibular pores; intermaxillary teeth biserial; maxillary teeth uniserial, sharp and depressible, pre-dorsal vertebrae 7, pre- anal vertebrae 70–74, total vertebrae 163–169.

 

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How to Cite

MOHAPATRA, A., SMITH, D. G., MOHANTY, S. R., MISHRA, S. S., & TUDU, P. C. (2017). <em>Gymnothorax visakhaensis</em> sp. nov., a new species of elongate unpatterned moray eel (Muraenidae: Muraeninae) from the Indian Coast. Zootaxa, 4300(2), 279–286. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4300.2.9