The Fimbriated Moray Eel (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) is a tropical marine (saltwater) fish. It is also known as the Spot-Face Moray Eel or the Darkspotted Moray Eel.
The Fimbriated Moray Eel has an elongated body with a paddle-shaped tail. It is yellow or creamy-yellow with scattered black markings on its body. Its head is tapered with a small mouth and very sharp teeth. Its bottom jaw is white or creamy-white.
It is a medium-sized eel, measuring about 80 centimetres (31 inches) long.
The Fimbriated Moray Eel is native to the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, including the coast of East Africa, the Hawaiian Islands, New Caledonia, and southern Japan.
It prefers to live on the bottom of the sea, in coral reefs or shallow lagoons. Aquatic animals living on the seabed are called benthic animals, or benthos.
It is carnivorous, feeding on shrimp, crabs, and aquatic animals at night. It is mainly nocturnal.
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