Rhinomuraena quaesita.      Ribbon Eel.

Rhinomuraena quaesita.      Ribbon Eel.  

Phylum: Chordata   Class: Actinopterygii    Order: Anguilliformes    Family: Muraenidae   Size: 65-85 cm

Male Ribbon Eel: brilliant blue body with yellow dorsal fin, snout, lower jaw and eye the ribbon eel can easily be recognised by its expanded anterior nostrils. Based on observed colour changes, it is generally considered a protandric hermaphrodite (first male, then changing sex to female). The presumed juveniles and subadults are jet black with a yellow dorsal fin, in adult males the black is replaced by blue, and adult females are entirely yellow West Pacific 

 Indo-Pacific ocean, East Afric, southern Japan, Australia and French Polynesia.

Rhinomuraena quaesita.      Ribbon Eel.

Female Ribbon Eel.  ( Yellow variation )   Size: 85-120 cm

Based on observed colour changes, it is generally considered a protandric hermaphrodite (first male, then changing sex to female), although this has yet to be confirmed.

Rhinomuraena quaesita.      Ribbon Eel.

Juvenile Ribbon Eel.  ( Black variation )  Size: to 65 cm.

Jet-black bodies with yellow dorsal fin. White stripe on lower jaw.

Rhinomuraena quaesita.      Ribbon Eel.

Solitary or in pair, inhabit sandy burrows of coastal, lagoon and seaward reefs in 1-75 m.

Blacksaddle Snake Eel. Ophichtus cepalozona.  Lembeh.-4501

Ophichtus  cephalozona.     Blacksaddle Snake Eel.

Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii  Order: Anguilliformes  Family:Ophichthidae   Size: to 108 cm

Found singly usually buried or with just their head showing with a few cleaner shrimps crawling over their heads in the mud or sand of coastal reefs, may be seen at night in the open foraging for food.

Indonesia, Micronesia, French Polynesia, Australia (Queensland).

Ophichtus  cephalozona.     Blacksaddle Snake Eel.

They can usually be found with just their head showing above the sand waiting for their prey, a few species prowl around the sands at night.

Napoleon Snake Eel. Ophichthus bonaparti. Lembeh.-1539

Ophichthus bonaparti.    Napoleon Snake Eel.

Phylum: Chordata  Class: Actinopterygii   Order: Anguilliformes   Family:Ophichthidae   Size: to 75 cm

It is known to dwell at a depth of 20 metres, and inhabits lagoons and reef. It forms solitary burrows in sand sediments.They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and small fish.

Indo-Pacific: Indonesia, Mauritius, Philippines, Japan and Australia. 

Moray. Lembeh-5357

Echidna nebulosa. Snowflake moray.   

Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Anguilliformes Family: Muraenidae Genus: Echidna Size: to 75 cm

Whitish with pattern of large black blotches containing yellow spots and numerous small blackish spots and scribble markings between. Solitary, often in open. Reef flats and rocky shorelines.

Indo-Pacific area from the eastern coast of Africa throughout Micronesia, Australia, Japan, Red Sea and Hawaii.

Moray,Critter, Indonesia, Lembeh, Manado, Sub, Sulawesi-5278

Gymnothorax fimbriatus.      Fimbriated moray.

Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Anguilliformes Family: Muraenidae Size: to 80 cm

Shades of brown to dirty white highly variable pattern of widely spaced irregular dark brown to black spots, partial bars and bands. Solitary. Reef crevices and debris such as coconut logs and wood planks of lagoon.

Indo-Pacific. Madagascar, Mauritius, French Polinesia, Japan and Great Barrier Reef.

Gymnothorax fimbriatus & Gymnothorax thyrsoideus ( White-eyed Moray Eel ). Lembeh.-5279

Gymnothorax fimbriatus & Gymnothorax thyrsoideus ( White-eyed Moray Eel ).

Moray.Sea of Cortez.-0226

Gymnothorax flavoculus.   Palenose moray  

Phylum: Chordata   Class: Actinopterygii   Order: Anguilliformes   Family: Muraenidae       Size: to 75 cm

The Palenose Moray are common inhabitants of shallow rocky reef areas and are found within cracks and crevices in the subtidal zone at depths up to 30 m.  They are nocturnal ambush predators with poor eyesight that utilize their keen sense of smell to seek out prey, consuming small fish and invertebrates including crab, octopus, and shrimp.

Limited distribution being found from Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, southward along the southwest coast of Baja, in the lower two-thirds of the Sea of Cortez,

Gymnothorax meleagris. Whitemouth moray. Bunaken N.P. Siladen.-5090

Gymnothorax meleagris.   Turkey Moray (Whitemouth moray).  

Phylum: Chordata    Class: Actinopterygii    Order: Anguilliformes    Family: Muraenidae   Size: to 120 cm

Its serpentine in shape body has a dark brown to black background color dotted with numerous small white spots uniformly distributed. The inside of its mouth is completely white. Solitary. 

Indo-Pacific. E.Africa to Hawaii and Galapagos. South Japan to Australia.

Moray.Sea of Cortez.-0200

Moray. Mar di Cortez-9668

Paolo Cudicini

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