Japanese Dragon Eel


Fish Type: Eels


Scientific Name: Enchelycore pardalis


Species: Muraenidae

Color: orange, brown, white
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 36"
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Japanese Dragon Eel, also known as the Dragon Moray Eel or Dragon Eel, was previously known as Enchelycore pardalis to scientists. It has a mottled orange, black, and white body accented by nostril flares and horns above the eyes giving this creature a menacing appearance.

It requires a 180 gallon or larger aquarium with suitable shelter to conceal itself until it becomes acclimated. In time, it will have its head out in the open or lie out in full view. The aquarium must be equipped with a tight-fitting lid to discourage escape.

The Japanese Dragon Eel diet consists of live feeder fish, squid, and octopus, and may eat the other fish in the tank.