Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita)

Also known as Black Leaf-nosed Moray Eel, Black Ribbon Eel, Blue Eel Ribbon Moray, Blue Ribbon Eel, Ribbon Moray, Yellow Ribbon Eel

Description

Also known as Black Leaf-nosed Moray Eel, Black Ribbon Eel, Blue Eel Ribbon Moray, Blue Ribbon Eel, Ribbon Moray, Yellow Ribbon Eel.

Found singly or in pairs hidden in rocks, rubble and sand waving their heads around waiting for prey to swim past over lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small fish.
Juveniles are jet black with yellow fin.
Females are yellow
Males can be blue, black or yellow.
Juveniles are jet black with yellow fin.
Length - 130cm
Depth - 1-65m
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.de/summary/Rhinomuraena-quaesita.html

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