Gold-Spotted Eel (Myrichthys ocellatus)

Also known as Caribbean Eel, Dark-spotted Snake Eel, Goldspot Snake Eel, Gold-Spotted Snake Eel, Golden-spotted Eel, Ocellated Snake Eel

Description

Also known as Caribbean Eel, Dark-spotted Snake Eel, Goldspot Snake Eel, Gold-Spotted Snake Eel, Golden-spotted Eel, Ocellated Snake Eel.

Found singly hiding in the sand, or on shallow sand patches during the day, out foraging for food at night over coral, sand and seagrass beds of coral and rocky reefs close to islands.
They feed nocturnally on crabs.
Length - 110cm
Depth - 1-15m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

Snake Eels resemble snakes or worms because they have virtually no fins. Their pointed snouts and tails allow them to burrow beneath the sand.
They can usually be found with just their head showing above the sand waiting for their prey, a few species prowl around the sands at night. Some mimic banded sea snakes and can be found in the open during the day. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/2651

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