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Gymnothorax moringa - Spotted Moray Eel

Gymnothorax moringa - Spotted Moray Eel Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

Spotted moray eels have a white or yellow body that is almost completely covered with dark splotches. They can grow to be 4 feet long. A benthic and solitary species abundant in shallow rocky and grassy areas and on coral reefs; less common in turbid bays or harbors. Prefer shallower habitats between 6 and 40 feet deep. They are often found hiding during the day in recesses of coral reefs, rocky areas, and sea grass beds. Spotted moray eels will hunt both during the day and at night.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean to southeastern Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Ascension and St. Helena. Mid and eastern Atlantic islands.


Habitat
Coral reefs, rubble areas, and seagrass beds


Diet
Feeds on fish and crustaceans, crabs, shrimps, stomatopods, amphipods, gastropod snails, and sea urchins.


Quick Fact
Its bite is very dangerous. Active during the day, sometimes together with other predators.


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