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Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Whitetail stingray

Whitetail stingray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Giant moray

Giant moray

Blackspotted moray

Blackspotted moray

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Green moray

Green moray

Common bluestripe snapper

Common bluestripe snapper

Five-lined snapper

Five-lined snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Bignose unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Silver moony

Silver moony

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Chinese trumpetfish

Chinese trumpetfish

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Green moray

Green moray

Facts

LatinGymnothorax funebris
Size250 cm
FoodFish and large crustaceans
HabitatThe green moray is found near the seabed along rocky coastlines, coral reefs and mangroves. It lives among small caves and rock crevices, rarely deeper than 30 meters.
IUCN

Least concern

The green moray is not endangered

LocationWest Atlantic from Bermuda and Mexico to Brazil
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A different sort of fish

The green moray has a body shaped like a snake. Its head is large, its eyes stick out, its mouth is wide, and its teeth are rather sinister looking because they are so large. There are over 200 different species of moray eel. Even though they look different there can be no doubt when you have encountered a green moray.

Colour

The green moray is actually black or dark coloured, but it appears green because its skin is covered in yellow-green slime. The slime protects the green moray against parasites and sharp stones.

Seeks food at night

The moray hides in the coral reef during the day. At night, it goes out hunting. With its slender body, the moray can get into crevices where the reef fish hide. The moray has poor vision, but it uses its sense of smell to find its prey.

Two sets of jaws

The moray has two sets of jaws with teeth. It holds the prey with the first set of jaws, and sucks the flesh from the prey with the second set.

Are morays dangerous?

Only 5 out of the 200 moray eel species are poisonous. But the fearsome appearance of the moray has led to a number of myths. The moray doesn't usually attack, unless you put your hand right near its mouth.


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