Leopard moray eel
|Leopard moray eel|
(Temminck & Schlegel, 1846)
It inhabits coral and rocky reefs at depth range from 8 to 60 m.
Its length is up to 92 cm.
This eel is characterized by its narrow, curved jaws, vivid red stripes on the head, and elongated tubular nostrils.
It is chiefly nocturnal; because of this and its preference for cryptic habitats, it is seldom seen. It feeds primarily on fishes and small cephalopods.
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