Giant moray [Gymnothorax javanicus]

The giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus, is the largest of the Moray eels.The giant moray is widespread in the Indo-Pacific region, being found in the Red Sea and East Africa, the Pitcairn group, north to the Ryukyu and Hawaiian islands, south to New Caledonia and the Austral Islands.

As the name suggests, this is a large eel, reaching up to 300cm in length and 30kg in weight. While juveniles are tan in colour with large black spots, adults have black specks that grade into leopard-like spots behind the head and a black area surrounding the gill opening. Diet is primarily fish but also crustaceans. Found in lagoons and seaward reefs.

Picture: Andaman&Nicobar Islands, India by Sami Salmenkivi


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