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Goldentail moray
Gymnothorax miliaris
(Kaup, 1856)

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 in shades of brown with small yellow spots. The size of the spots can vary considerably between individuals and might even reverse, with a yellow ground color and brown spots or form a net like-pattern. Tip of tail yellow to gold. Eyes with a ring of yellow around the pupils.
Size: 25 - 40 cm.

Prefer shallow to mid-range coral reefs, down to 15 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.

Uncommon Florida, occasional Bahamas and common to occasional Caribbean.

Goldentail moray (Gymnothorax miliaris)