Zebra Moray Eel

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Description of the Zebra Moray Eel

The Zebra Moray Eel has close set teeth which it uses to crush its prey. It is a secretive animal that hides in caves, rock ledges and caves. The Zebra eel feeds mainly on Xanthid crabs including mud, pebble and rubble crabs. Crabs in this family are brightly colored but highly poisonous to humans and the toxin is not removed through cooking.

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Popular Name: Zebra Moray Eel
Species: Gymnomuraena zebra

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Zebra Moray Eel

Profile of the Zebra Moray Eel
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Zebra Moray Eel species.

  • Size: Up to 1.5m

  • Diet / Feeding: Crustaceans, Molluscs and Sea Urchins

  • Temperament: Secretive, hides in caves and crevices on the ocean floor

  • Habitat: Marine dwellers at depths of up to 50m

  • Range: Indo-pacific including the Galapagos Islands

Scientific Classification of the Zebra Moray Eel
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Gymnomuraena zebra

  • Popular Name: Zebra Moray Eel

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Anguilliformes

  • Family: Muraenidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Zebra Moray Eel?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Zebra Moray Eel slimy?
Zebra Moray Eel secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Zebra Moray Eel to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

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Why do Zebra Moray Eel have gills?
Gills enable the Zebra Moray Eel to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

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Why do the Zebra Moray Eel have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Zebra Moray Eel has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Zebra Moray Eel has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Zebra Moray Eel has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Zebra Moray Eel has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Zebra Moray Eel

Zebra Moray Eel

  • Interesting Information about Zebra Moray Eel

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Zebra Moray Eel slimy?

  • Why do the Zebra Moray Eel have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Zebra Moray Eel have fins?

  • Species: Gymnomuraena zebra

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