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Chain Moray Eel

Echidna catenata


The chain moray is a moray eel that commonly grows to a length of about 30 to 45 cm. The head has a rounded snout and pointed, blunt teeth, especially on the roof of the mouth. The dorsal, tail and anal fins are combined into a single long fin, and there are no pectoral or ventral fins. The skin does not bear scales but is covered with a layer of clear mucus. This fish is dark brown to black, marked with an interconnecting lattice-work of yellow, chain-like lines.


Buddy's Pier dive site, Bonaire.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks! so much nature below water that looks like a painting, indeed :-)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Fantastic spotting! Congratulations on SOTD!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD, Marta. I agree with Sukanya - it's like a painting. Beautiful creature.

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks! 馃槉

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Like a painting. Congratulations, Marta!

Awesome find Marta,beautiful pattern,congrats on the welldeserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Marta, this impressive moray eel is our Spotting of the Day!

"In typical ambush pose, this beautiful Chain Moray Eel (Echidna catenata) is our Spotting of the Day! The body of this fish shows a striking yellow chain-like line pattern. Moray eels (family Muraenidae) are carnivorous and ambush predators: they wait, in hidden places, for preys to pass by. Their habit of keeping their mouth open contributes to their terrifying reputation".



The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

They are relatively common in Bonaire. Pretty pattern.

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 6 years ago

Awsome find. Never seen this one before.

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Bonaire, Caribisch Nederland, Netherlands

Spotted on Sep 14, 2017
Submitted on Dec 10, 2017

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