Friday, August 1, 2008

Giant Moray

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Giant Moray - puhi ‘iari
(Gymnothorax javanicus)

Giant Moray - Gymnothorax javanicus
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Range extends from the Red Sea to the Marquesas and Oeno Atoll (Pitcairn Group), North to the Ryukyu and Hawaiian Islands, South to the Australs and New Caledonia.

Occurs on lagoon and seaward reefs to depths of 150 feet.

Feeds primarily on fishes and occasionally on crustaceans.

Quick Fact
This eel is probably the world's largest species of moray, growing to almost 10 feet in length.

Learn More
Coming Soon
- Moorea Biocode Database

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