Zebra Moray (Gymnomuraena zebra)

Also known as Echidna Zebra, Zebra Banded Moray, Zebra Eel

Description

Also known as Echidna Zebra, Zebra Banded Moray, Zebra Eel.

Found singly or in pairs hiding in crevices and holes in debris, rock and rubble over seaward reefs. Very secretive and shy.
They feed nocturnally mainly on xanthin crabs, other crustaceans, molluscs and sea urchins.
Length - 150cm
Depth - 3-50m
Widespread Central Pacific, 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: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/7880

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