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Gymnothorax miliaris - Goldentail moray

Gymnothorax miliaris - Goldentail moray Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The goldentail moray eel has a brownish body covered with tiny yellow dots and a yellowish tail. They typically grow between 1 and 2 feet in length and are one of the few morays that feed during the day. Goldentail moray eels are usually found hiding in the recesses of coral reefs to depths of 50 feet.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Bermuda and southern Florida, USA to the Antilles and southeast Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: St. Paul's Rocks, Cape Verde, Ascension and St. Helena islands. Also mid-Atlantic islands.


Habitat
Reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 60 m, usually 0 - 35 m. Coral reefs and rocky shorelines.


Diet
Active during the day and sometimes hunting together with other predators for small fish and crustaceans.


Quick Fact
Groupers and other small fish have been seen following golden moray eels in an opportunistic feeding behavior, known as "satellite hunting".


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