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Chain Moray

Echidna catenata

(Bloch, 1795)

Chain Moray

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Summary

Saltwater fish, Morays. It is serpentine in shape. Body is dark brown to nearly black, with interconnected series of yellow lines, forming a somewhat chain-like pattern.  In daytime hiding with its head sticking out and jaws opening and closing. At night it emerges and swims over the reef in search of small fish and crustaceans, especially crabs.

To be confused with

- Spotted Moray Eel Gymnothorax moringa.

Characteristics

Size: 30 to 60 cm, max 75 cm
Colour: Body is dark brown to nearly black, with interconnected series of yellow lines, forming a somewhat chain-like pattern. The irises are yellow.
Shape: Serpentine in shape.

Habitat environment and ecology

In daytime hiding with its head sticking out and jaws opening and closing. At night it emerges and swims over the reef in search of food.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.

Author

[Marion Haarsma, sep. 2016]

Literature

- DeLoach, N., & Humann, P. (2002). Reef Fish Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas - 3th Edition. New World Publications, Inc.

Categorieën:

Soorten, Vissen

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Chain Moray

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