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The laced moray, Gymnothorax favagineus, also known as the leopard moray, tesselate moray or honeycomb moray, is a species of moray eel.
Laced moray can grow up to 300cm in length, and as such are one of the larger species of moray eel. They feed mainly on small fish and cephalopods. It has been observed that adults are prone to be aggressive in the wild.
They are found in the Indo-Pacific, and East Africa to Papua New Guinea, north to southern Japan, south of Australia. These morays live at depths of between 1 and 45m, usually in crevices within reef flats and slopes.
In the aquarium
Laced morays can be kept in the aquarium, however due to their large size they require a very large tank of a few thousand liters or more. They are fed to satiation two to three times a week using tongs. Hand feeding is not advised as moray eels can inflict painful wounds, and have poor eyesight which makes it difficult to distinguish between food and fingers. Heavy filtration is also required to deal with the large amounts of food and subsequent waste produced. They should be provided with a crevice within which to hide: this could be a large pipe (masonry or plastic as eels react badly to heavy metals such as copper).
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- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Gymnothorax favagineus" in FishBase. 10 2005 version.
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