Barred Moray (Echidna polyzona)

Also known as Banded Eel, Banded Moray, Banded Moray Eel, Dark-banded Eel, Girdled Moray, Girdled Reef Eel, Many-banded Moray Eel, Ringed Moray, Ringed Reef Eel, Striped Moray, Zebra Eel

Description

Also known as Banded Eel, Banded Moray, Banded Moray Eel, Dark-banded Eel, Girdled Moray, Girdled Reef Eel, Many-banded Moray Eel, Ringed Moray, Ringed Reef Eel, Striped Moray, Zebra Eel.

Found singly hiding in crevices and cracks in the reef over clear shallow lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small crustaceans.
As the eel ages the stripes turn to mottled spots but has a dark corner of jaw.
Length - 70cm
Depth - 1-20m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Morays open and close their mouths to move water through their gills for respiration.
This behaviour can often be seen as a threat especially towards divers, in fact this is far from the truth, they are very shy creatures and will only attack if provoked! (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5389

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