Chain Moray (Echidna catenata)

Also known as Atlantic Chain Moray Eel, Chain Eel, Chain Moray Eel, Chained Moray, Chainlink Moray Eel, Little Banded Eel, Tiger Congar

Description

Also known as Atlantic Chain Moray Eel, Chain Eel, Chain Moray Eel, Chained Moray, Chainlink Moray Eel, Little Banded Eel, Tiger Congar.

Found singly over rocky shores and tide pools, sometimes out of the water for up to 30 minutes while foraging for their favorite food the Sally Lightfoot Crab over reefs.
They feed during the day and at night on crustaceans and small fish.
Can "take a fancy to divers" if they are not careful.
Length - 150cm
Depth - 0-12m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

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! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Echidna-catenata

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