Yellow-headed Moray (Gymnothorax rueppelliae)

Also known as Banded Moray, Banded Reef Eel, Black-barred Eel, Black-barred Moray, Ruppell's Moray, Ruppell's Moray Eel, Yellowed Moray, Yellow-headed Moray Eel

Description

Also known as Banded Moray, Banded Reef Eel, Black-barred Eel, Black-barred Moray, Ruppell's Moray, Ruppell's Moray Eel, Yellowed Moray, Yellow-headed Moray Eel.

Found singly in crevices of corals, rocks and rubble over clear water lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and fish.
Length - 80cm
Depth - 1-40m
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/5396

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