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JC1
06/22/2009, 04:31 PM
Looking to cut back on some of my fish tanks don't want to trade him in. He is almost 4 feet

unleashed13
06/22/2009, 04:45 PM
FAMILY

Ophichthidae

TAXONOMY

Muraena maculosa Cuvier, 1816, Mediterranean Sea.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Ocellated snake eel, spotted snake eel; Afrikaans: Swartogies-slangpaling; Tahitian: Puhi popooru.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Specimens may reach 39.4 in (100 cm). The young have black saddles. Adults are pale cream in color, with large and small black spots. All have a stiffened, pointed tail.

DISTRIBUTION

Indo-Pacific region from the Red Sea and East Africa in the east to the central Pacific in the west. The species does not occur in the Hawaiian islands, where it has been replaced by M. magnificus.

HABITAT

Sandy areas of reef flats, lagoons, and seaward reefs. Lives buried in the sand.

BEHAVIOR

The most interesting behavioral characteristic of tiger snake eels is their ability to burrow tail first and then move equally forcefully forward and backward through the sediment. They may aggregate in large numbers under a light at night.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds on small fishes and invertebrates.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

None known...


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