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Moray Eel (Green)

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Gymnothorax funebris
Moray Eel (Green)


They are found in warm coastal waters through the world's oceans.


They live on coral reefs, often hiding in rocky cracks and holes.

Body Traits

They have no scales, but have a protective slimy coating on their long snake-like body. They are often camouflaged. They have tiny eyes and don't see that well. They keep their mouths open so that water flows over their gills to give them oxygen. They have sharp teeth. They have one very long fin along their back all the way down their tail. They can reach 5 feet long.


These are active at night (nocturnal). They hide in rocks and wait for prey to cross their path.


They eat fish, other eels, octopi and squid.

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Male and female moray eels dance around each other. Then the female releases her eggs and the male releases his sperm into the water. Babies are see-through and tiny.

Moray Eel (Green)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Suborder: Muraenoidei
Family: Muraenidae
Genus: Gymnothorax
Species: G. funebris

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