Genus Gymnothorax

Gymnothorax Bloch, 1795

Body elongate. Only anterior nostril tubular (at front of snout), posterior nostril a single pore, near upper anterior eye margin. Teeth triangular, somewhat elongate, edges serrated in some species. Gill openings restricted to a small roundish lateral pore. Dorsal fin origin well berore gill opening; dorsal and anal fins confluent with caudal fin; pectoral and pelvic fins absent.

See family for biology, etc.

Species about 120; in Clofnam area 4.

Recent revisions: Blache (1967, 1977 (leptocephali) on a regional basis).

Note. Some authors exclude Lycodontis from this genus.

Species of this genus in the program:
Gymnothorax maderensis
Gymnothorax polygonius
Gymnothorax unicolor
Gymnothorax vicinus