Sieve-patterned Moray (Gymnothorax cribroris)

Also known as Australian Moray, Brown-flecked Moray, Brown-flecked Reef Eel, Sieve Moray, Sieve-patterned Eel, Sieve-patterned Moray Eel, Sydney Moray

Description

Also known as Australian Moray, Brown-flecked Moray, Brown-flecked Reef Eel, Sieve Moray, Sieve-patterned Eel, Sieve-patterned Moray Eel, Sydney Moray.

Found singly during the day in recesses in the reef over estuaries, harbours, lagoons, tide-pools, out in the open foraging for food at night.
They feed on cephalopods, crustaceans and small fish.
Regular visitor to Sydney Harbour although very shy!
Length - 75cm
Depth - 0-15m
Western Pacific - Eastern Australia

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/10715

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