Honeycomb moray eel

IDENTIFYING FEATURES

This is one of the largest, conspicuous moray eels with a distinctive brown to black body and a yellowish-white honeycomb pattern. They have gills to breathe and in place of scales, a protective mucous is secreted over the muscular body to shield them from the jagged rocks that wall their shelters.

DISTRIBUTION

Indo-pacific, Red Sea. Oman to Angola.

HABITAT

They inhabit coral and rocky reefs; also occur in areas of seagrass beds. They will defend their cave from intruders and will only venture out briefly to catch passing prey.

DIET

They mainly feed on small fish, octopus and crustaceans. They are opportunistic, nocturnal hunters that detect their food by smell.

REPRODUCTION

Reproduction is still unknown.

REGULATIONS

None

SASSI

Not yet listed.

CONSERVATION

Not yet evaluated.

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