Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Anguilliformes  
 Family Muraenidae  
 Genus Gymnothorax  
  Gymnothorax niphostigmus  Chen, Shao & Chen, 1996 
Provider: Chen, Hong-Ming 
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Citation: A new moray eel,Gymnothorax niphostigmus (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from northern and eastern Taiwan(Chen, Shao et Chen, 1996)
Character: Body length moderate. Dorsal fin moderately high, its origin started before the gill opening. Anus in front of mid-body point. Jaw teeth caniniform and almost uniserial. Body and fins darkish brown, scattering with numerous whitish snowflake-like patches. The skin of peri-cranium area has many small whitish spots. Corner of mouth blackish. Anal fin margin white, edge of dorsal and caudal fin darkish. 
Habitat: Color in life similar to in preservative, but the brown ground color more darker and the whitish spots more bright. Iris of eye yellowish to brownish. 
Distribution: Northwest Pacific: From northern to eastern Taiwan and the Pescadore Islands. 
Utility: Fisheries. 
Name Code: 380766
   Endemic      Marine     
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