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Golden Moray

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Gymnothorax melatremus - Schultz, 1953
Golden Moray

A small, colorful moray that is ideal for the reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Although it will hide during much of the day, this moray often does so with its head exposed and can be trained to come out to accept food when the lights are on. It may be difficult to find in a larger reef tank replete with live rock, and is easier to observe in a small or nano-reef.

The coloration can vary from tan to yellowish orange, with some specimens sporting brown reticulations.

Family: Muraenidae

Other common name(s):

  • Dirty Yellow Moray
  • Pencil Moray
  • Dwarf Moray
  • Blackspot Moray

Native range:

Maximum length: 18 cm (7 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including frozen seafood. May require live ghost shrimp to initiate a feeding response.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Will eat ornamental crustaceans, but its small maximum size makes it less of a threat to most fishes.

[edit] Notes

There are other small morays (less than 20 in. [51 cm]) that are ideal for reef tanks, but these are not as colorful as G. melatremus. They include: Brown Moray (Gymnothorax brunneus), Latticetail Moray (G. buroensis), Whitelip Moray (G. chilospilus), Slendertail Moray (G. gracilicaudus), and Herre’s Moray (G. herrei).

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Golden MorayRDF feed
Common name Golden Moray  +, Dirty Yellow Moray  +, Pencil Moray  +, Dwarf Moray  +, and Blackspot Moray  +
Family Muraenidae  +
Genus Gymnothorax  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 7 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +, East Africa  +, Marquesas Islands  +, Hawaii  +, and Austral Islands  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name melatremus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +