Teleostei (teleosts) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Muraenidae
(Moray eels) > Uropterygiinae
Etymology: Anarchias: Greek, anarchia, -as = without a chief, lack of authority (Ref. 45335); supremus: Name from a Latin word meaning the uppermost, refers to having the most vertebrae of any known Anarchias..
More on authors: McCosker & Stewart.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal. Subtropical
Southwest Pacific: off Macauley Island, Kermadec Ridge.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 19.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56888)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 135. This small and moderately elongate species possess the following characters: tail 58% and head 9.4% of TL; the fourth supraorbital pore is adjacent to, above and behind posterior nostril; biserial teeth in jaws, uniserial on vomer; reddish brown in colour, overlain with a faint irregular stellate spot pattern posteriorly; head pores in small white spots, along lower half of flanks with pale spots , posterior half of body diffuse white bands, tail tip white; vertebrae, predorsal 122, preanal 127 and total 35 (Ref. 56888).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McCosker, J.E. and A.L. Stewart, 2006. Additions to the New Zealand marine eel fauna with the description of a new moray, Anarchias supremus (Teleostei: Muraenidae), and comments on the identity of Gymnothorax griffini Whitley & Phillips. J. R. Soc. N. Z., 36(2):83-95. (Ref. 56888)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00069 (0.00033 - 0.00144), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).