Laced Moray Eel

The Laced Moray Eel (Gymnothorax favagineus) is a large marine (saltwater) fish in the Muraenidae family. It is also known as the Leopard Moray, the Tessellate Moray, or the Honeycomb Moray. 

The Laced Moray Eel is a long, snake-like fish with a white to yellow background dotted with many black spots which vary in size and shape, depending upon its environment. It has a paddle-tail. It has a small mouth with sharp teeth. 

Laced Moray Eel

It grows up to 300 centimetres (118 inches) long.

The Laced Moray Eel is widespread across the Indo-West Pacific Oean, from the east coast of Africa to Japan and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It prefers to live in the clear waters of coral reefs, close to shore. 

It is nocturnal, active mainly at night. During the day, it sits in rock crevices. 

It is carnivorous, feeding on fish, squid, and octopus at night. 

Laced Moray Eel
Laced Moray Eel
Laced Moray Eel
Laced Moray Eel

[Location of photographs:Aquarium, Almaty, Kazakhstan]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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