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Moray Eel in HI

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Xta, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Xta

    Xta Registered

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    I spotted a few of these in Hawaii, and I'm having trouble identifying which kind of Moray it is. The closest I can come to is a White Mouth Moray, but I don't believe that is correct. The White Mouth has more of a polka dot pattern, and this one is more... blobby?

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CLoks_6LMW4/
     
  2. T.C.

    T.C. Photographer

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    Which island?
     
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    Looks like the Turkey Moray, Gymnothorax meleagris.
     
  4. Xta

    Xta Registered

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    Big Island, we were diving near Kona.

    Are they different from White Mouth? When I do a google search for Turkey Moray both come up. I think it's the slightly yellowish tinge on the snout, and the blobby spots vs. Circular spots that are throwing me off... I remember when taking the photo, I thought it was different from the other White Mouth Morays I had been seeing.
     
  5. Hoyden

    Hoyden ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I hate common names for Indo-pacific fish. there is a different name on every island - I think that what you have is a Gymnothorax favagineus. I am fairly sure that it is not a Gymnothorax meleagris. The pattern is wrong. This is a favagineus:
    Gyfav_u6.jpg

    This is a meleagris:
    WM-Whitemouth-moral-eel-FSRS-Seychelles-Aug-2018-%C2%A9-KA-WiseOceans-Copy.jpg
     
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  6. scubakate

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    Aloha--this is also a whitemouth, just with a different color pattern. These guys are usually smaller than the regular whitemouths we see around here. I always enjoy seeing the uniquely colored ones!
     
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Humann et al have this picture
    upload_2021-2-24_17-58-31.png
    but say it is not known in Hawaii.
     
  8. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Humann et all have this ID for a white-margined moray:
    upload_2021-2-24_18-0-34.png
     
  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    Favagineus is white with brown spots. Christa's eel is brown with white spots, more like meleagris.
    https://twitter.com/Hawaiianimages/status/1062043339577470976/photo/1
     
  10. scubakate

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    *I accidentally put whitemargin first, but I meant whitemouth. :)
     

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