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Spotted moray
Gymnothorax moringa
(Cuvier, 1829)

Body long and snake-like, without pectoral or ventral fins; dorsal, tail and anal fins form a single, long, continuous fin that begins behind the head, encircles the tail and extends midway down the belly. Body scale-less and coated with a clear, protective mucus layer.
Body heavy to medium, ground color white to yellow, speckled with dark spots and blotches.
Size: 0.5 - 0.9 meter.

Inhabit shallow reefs, coral rubble and seagrass beds, down to 12 meters. Hide during the day in recesses; heads often extend from openings. Forage in open at night. Constantly open and close mouth in order to move water through their gills for respiration.

Occasional Florida and Bahamas, common Caribbean, south to Brazil and eastern Atlantic.

Spotted moray (Gymnothorax moringa)