Zebra moray

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Zebra moray
Gymnomuraena zebra by NPS.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Muraenidae
Genus: Gymnomuraena
Lacépède, 1803
Species: G. zebra
Binomial name
Gymnomuraena zebra
(G. Shaw, 1797)
Synonyms

Echidna zebra

The zebra moray, Gymnomuraena zebra, is a species of moray eel. It is the only member of the genus Gymnomuraena, though it sometimes has been included in Echidna instead. It is found at reefs in the Indo-Pacific, and in the east Pacific from southern Baja California, Mexico to northern Colombia, including the Galapagos Islands.

Its length is up to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft), though most individuals are far smaller. It is densely banded dark and whitish, giving rise to its common name. Unlike most other moray eels, it feeds almost exclusively on crustaceans, sea urchins and mollusks.

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