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Brown Moray Eel (juvenile)

Gymnothorax undulatus

Description:

Also known as Common Moray Eel and Undulated Moray, they are usually pale yellow, but also brown, grey or whitish. The head is heavily mottled with dark spots, top often greenish yellow; body with large dark blotches separated by diffuse yellowish lines, forming a "chain-link" pattern, which is more pronounced in juveniles than in adults, whose patterns are more irregularly mottled. They feed on fish, octopi and probably crustaceans, and attain a length of about 150cm.

Habitat:

They inhabit rocky bottoms, at depths of 1 to 30m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

Spotted this during a night dive, at a depth of about 12m. It measured less than 10cm long.

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XXD17 9 years ago
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Gymnothorax undulatus


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9 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks for the ID suggestion, Xiaoxuan!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, Maria! And thanks to everyone who's favorited this! :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

nice shots!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Almost 25 years ago I saw one Eel when I do not know anything on any organism. I was walking on beach in Mid Kokan area with semi forest area of Maharashtra's Sindhudurg Dist. One Eel was trapped in small water log made within sand some meters away from waterfront that time. May be low tide caused his trapping. As I approached to it, it opened its mouth and terrified me and I moved away. Only that time I saw an Eel.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Last month I read one article on Atlantic Eels with their life cycle their form and shape also changed. They travel very long distance within deep sea.

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Hey Ashish. Yes, they do. In fact, this one burst out of its hole in a flash!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Are they swim fast..?

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Haha! Me too :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

I never thought an ell could be cute!

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on May 11, 2012
Submitted on May 21, 2012

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