Goldentail Moray Eel, Gymnothorax miliaris

by | Feb 28, 2016 | Contest, Corals, Reef, Science | 0 comments

Goldentail moray eel looking out from coral head. Gymnothorax miliaris; also known as Muraena miliaris. Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Unaltered/Uncontrolled. Digital Photo (horizontal). Model Release: Not Applicable.

Today I have a beautiful (if you think eels are beautiful) Goldentail eel peeking out from his or her super-cool brain coral fortress. This is how we find or see eels throughout the day, they just watch the world go by from the safety of their little caves, breathing with their mouths open.

The goldentail moray is a medium-sized fish that can reach a maximum length of 70 cm, but the ones usually observed average 40 cm in length. Its serpentine-in-shape body has a light or dark brown background color dotted with small yellow spots. The spots are smaller on the head and larger at the tail. The snout and the tail are yellowish and the inside of their mouth is white. It typically lives on rocky and coral reef slopes between the surface and 35 meters (115.5 feet) in depth with a maximum reported at 60 meters (198 feet).


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