Laced moray(Gymnothorax favagineus) is a large moray which can reach a maximum length of 300 cm, but specimens usually encountered are much smaller. Its serpentine in shape body has a white to yellowish background color dotted with numerous black spots which latter vary in size and shape depending on the individual and on the environment in which the animals live. Therefore, morays living on a reef with clear water will have less black spots than those of a turbid environment. It is from this characteristic color pattern that ensue its vernacular names.
Laced moray eel's facts
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Laced morays are a species of eel, native to the waters of the Indian Ocean and the west Pacific Ocean.
Laced moray eel's Behavior & Ecology
Laced morays are a species of eel, native to the waters of the Indian Ocean and the west Pacific Ocean. It lives on the outer slopes of coral reefs. During the day, it sits sheltered in crevices between 3.3 and 148.5 feet (1 and 45 meters) deep. Laced morays have a habit of moving with their mouths open, which allows the gills to retrieve water necessary for breathing. Large adults are prone to be aggressive in the wild.
Laced moray eel's Feeding
Laced morays are active during night hours, and they generally rest in cavities and crevices during daylight. The diet consists primarily of small fish, crabs, squid-like molluscs and shrimp.
Laced moray eel habitat
Gymnothorax favagineus inhabits reef flats and outer reef slopes of continental reefs (Lieske and Myers 1994). It is often found in holes with cleaner wrasses or shrimps (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). G. favagineus primarily feeds on cephalopods and small fishes (Sommer et al. 1997). Large adults may be aggressive if provoked.