Fimbriated Moray (Gymnothorax fimbriatus)

Also known as Dark-spotted Moray, Dark-spotted Moray Eel, Fimbriated Moray Eel, Spotface Moray, Spot-faced Moray Eel, Yellowhead Moray Eel

Description

Also known as Dark-spotted Moray, Dark-spotted Moray Eel, Fimbriated Moray Eel, Spotface Moray, Spot-faced Moray Eel, Yellowhead Moray Eel.

Found singly, pairs or with other morays (as in the picture with the White-eyed Moray) hiding in crevices and holes amongst debris, rock and rubble in caves and around harbours of protected inshore waters.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and fish.
Length - 80cm
Depth - 1-45m
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! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/gymnothorax-fimbriatus.html

3 comments

  1. These are hideous!! Whenever I see one of these swimming (which isn't often) I just freak out! They're like giant snakes!! Plenty of them in the maldives, had to go to 16m to see one in it's hole.

Leave a comment

Known Sightings / Photograph Locations

Share this: