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What type of moray?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by LStewart, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Dan_T, you keep showing pix of Western Tropical Pacific morays......highly unlikely..
     
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  2. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    You are right. My bad. Dark spotted moray and Fimbriated moray are the same moray variation of Gymnothorax fimbriatus.
     
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  3. LStewart

    LStewart Regular of the Pub

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    May have snuck through the Panama Canal! :thumb:
     
  4. LStewart

    LStewart Regular of the Pub

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  5. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Congratulations! You may have found an unrecorded fimbriated moray, Bonaire variation, called Stewart moray :D
     
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  6. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Spotted moray eels have black background with lots of regular pattern of white spots throughout their entire bodies. Stewart moray has greenish yellow background with irregular black spots, much like Indo-Pacific fimbriated moray.
     
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Look up the spotted moray on fishbase.org, the definitive site for scientists. You'll find a lot more variations than what you are describing.
     
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  8. cgills

    cgills Barracuda

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    Interesting, to me it almost looks to be a hybrid cross of a Spotted Moray and a Chain Moray. The shape of the head resembles that of a Chain, where as the color looks to be that of a Spotted.
     
  9. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    How to find them? I only found 1, Spotted moray in fishbase.org

    Gymnothorax moringa summary page

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  10. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Interesting observation.

    Chain moray
    Echidna catenata summary page

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