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White-eyed Moray Eel

Siderea thyrsoidea


The body is whitish or pale yellow-brown in colour with a dense scattering of small brown spots.The head is purplish grey with the eyes being the most distinguishing feature as the iris is always coloured white. It grows to a maximum size of 65cm but is more commonly found around 40cm


A widespread tropical species that can be found occurring in the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific region. it can be found living in rocky and coral reefs and it is a fairly common inhabitant of reef flats where it is usually encountered in shallow tidal pools. It is often found hiding amongst the wreckage of shipwrecks on amongst rubble in sandy areas.


Spotted different individuals at different places within the same diving area. More info in:

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The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

I am not sure. I think they are dark grey with yellow on the body. Could be when the flash does not reflect more directly in the body it gives a blueish effect (?)

C.Sydes 6 years ago

great series,
is the first one really blue or is that just an effect of the light

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

They are very common in Asian waters :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Wow great series love this guys :)

Negros Oriental, Philippines

Lat: 9.19, Long: 123.27

Spotted on Oct 4, 2005
Submitted on Nov 18, 2012

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