Scientific Name
Rhinomuraena quaesita  
Rhinomuraena quaesita管鼻鯙
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Garman, 1888 Depth 1 - 57M
Chinese 管鼻鯙 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鯙科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F079 Muraenidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 大口管鼻鱔 
Max Length 130 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 黑身管鼻鯙、海龍、五彩鰻 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、Greeb IS. 
Habitats Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Ebon Island, Marshall Islands [western Pacific] 
Synonyms Rhinomuraea quaesita, Rhinomuraena ambonensis   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Chen, H. M., K. T. Shao and C. T. Chen. (1994) A review of muraenid eels (Family Muraenidae) from Taiwan with descriptions of twelve new records. Zoological studies 33(1):44-64.  Garman, S. 1888 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Chen, H.-M., K.-T. Shao etc. 1994 
Specimen List ASIZP0056641. ASIZP0057597. ASIZP0059533. ASIZP0059710. NMMBP05174. NMMSTP00998. NTMP0919. NTMP1067. NTOU-AE5733. NTOU-AE5739. NTUM01717. NTUM01719. NTUM01722. NTUM05101. NTUM05102. NTUM05103. NTUM05104. NTUM05105. RUSI35099.  
Common Name Ribbon moray; Ribbon eel; Black leafnosed moray eel; Black ribbon eel 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic HL 15.4-17.7, DGO 71-86, TR 3.3-3.8 in TL; Vert 250-270. Body very slender, the pointed snout with a barbel-like appendage and 3 similar ones on the symphysis of the lower jaw. Black juveniles, blue male adults, yellow female adults; dorsal fin is always yellow with white margin; frequently blackish anal fin with white margin; a yellowish stripe on mandible in juvenile, yellow jaws and gill-openings in adult.
habitats Feeds on small fishes. Secretive species normally hidden in sand or rubble, sometimes with only its head protruding. Sub-adult all black, males have yellow dorsal fin and blue body. Females change to a nearly all yellow color. Protandrous hermaphrodite. 
Distribution Indo-Pacific: East Africa, southern Japan, Taiwan, Marianas and Marshalls in Micronesia. 
Utility Aquarium, commercial.