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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. Hence this is how the common name for this species is derived. It is usually seen in pairs or small aggregations and can often be encountered with other species of moray eels. The species grows to a maximum size of 65cm but is more commonly found around 40cm. Info taken from:


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. Is a widespread tropical species that can be found occurring in the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific region.


This one was found while diving in Koh Rong, Buddha Reef near Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

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Sihanoukville, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Spotted on Feb 25, 2011
Submitted on Jun 27, 2011

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