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Strophidon sathete

(Giant estuarine moray)


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Family : Moray eels ; Inhabits muddy ocean bottoms [1] and estuarine areas[2], but sometimes found in rivers (Ref. 2334) and inner bays [3]. Feeds mainly on a variety of small fishes and crustaceans. Known to extend itself vertically from a burrow with it's head held horizontally beneath the surface, rising and falling with the tide [4]. Marketed fresh and consumed locally[5].

Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:

Slank reuse bontpaling

Common Names in Bikol:


Common Names in Chinese:

長尾彎牙海鱔, 長鯙

Common Names in Czech:

Mur, Muréna ganžská, Muréna ganžská, Muréna tanabská

Common Names in Danish:

Slank Mur, Slank muræne

Common Names in English:

Gangetic moray, Giant estuarine moray, Giant slender moray, Long tailed eel, Long-Tailed Eel, Longtail moray, marbled moray, Slender giant moray, Tide guage eel

Common Names in Fijian:


Common Names in French:

Mur, Murène à longue queue, Murène fil géante

Common Names in German:


Common Names in Japanese:

Onaga utsubo, Onaga-utsubo, Take utsubo, Take-utsubo

Common Names in Kumak:


Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

弯牙海鳝, 彎牙海鱔, 薯鰻, 薯鳗, 虎鰻, 虎鳗, 錢鰻, 钱鳗, 長尾彎牙海鱔, 長尾鱔(長體鱔), 長體真澤鰻, 長鯙, 长体真泽鳗, 长尾弯牙海鳝, 长尾鳝(长体鳝), 长鯙

Common Names in Maranao/Samal/Tao Su:


Common Names in Maranao/Samal/Tao Sug:


Common Names in Portuguese:

Moreia gigante

Common Names in Spanish:

Morenilla gigante

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:

Morenilla gigante

Common Names in Swahili:


Common Names in Tagalog:

Burirawan, Indang, Indong, Malibanos, Ogdok, Payangitan, Tagibus

Common Names in Tamil:

Seram pambu, Seram-pambu, செர்றாம் பாம்பு , சேரம் பாம்பு

Common Names in Visayan:

Indang, Ogdok, Tagibus


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Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 510 meters (0 to 1,673 feet).[6]

Biome: Marine .


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Evenchelys macrurus (Bleeker • Gymnothorax prolatus Sasaki & Amaoka • Gymnothorax sathete (Hamilton • Lycodontis sathete (Hamilton • Muraena macrurus Bleeker • Muraena sathete (Hamilton • Muraenophis satheteMuraenophis sathete Hamilton • Muraenophis sathete Hamilton, 1822 • Strophidon satheteStrophidon ui Tanaka • Thyrsoidea macrura (Bleeker


Name Status: Accepted Name .

First described: Hamilton, F. An account of the fishes found in the River Ganges and its branches. Archibald Constable and Company , Edinburg. 405 p., 1822.

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 17-May-1994

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Strophidon

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 2 species and subspecies in this genus:

S. brummeri (Eastern Smooth Boxfish) · S. sathete (Giant Estuarine Moray)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 02, 2008:



  1. Chen, H.-M., K.-T. Shao and C.T. Chen (1994). A review of the muraenid eels (Family Muraenidae) from Taiwan with descriptions of twelve new records. Zool. Stud. 33(1):44-64. [back]
  2. Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. [back]
  3. Myers, R.F. (1999). Micronesian reef fishes: a comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia, 3rd revised and expanded edition. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 330 p. [back]
  4. Lieske, E. and R. Myers (1994). Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. [back]
  5. Castle, P.H.J. (1984). Muraenidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51). Volume. 1. FAO, Rome. [back]
  6. Mean = -1,748.090 meters (-5,735.203 feet), Standard Deviation = 2,363.210 based on 11 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-11-21