Rob Whitton

Gymnothorax chilospilus Bleeker, 1865

    Rare in Hawaii, this eel resembles the somewhat more common Slendertail Moray (G. gracilicaudus) both in its coloration and small size (about 12 in.). It is named for the small, faint, elongate white spot on the lower lip near the corner of the mouth and has an Indo-Pacific distribution. Most divers would miss this one, but not Rob Whitton, whose stills from HD video, taken at Pupukea, O`ahu, are reproduced here.

More information on this species can be found in Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands by Dr. John E. Randall.

Rob Whitton
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