The 11th day of Fishmas

posted by Veronique Koch on 22 December 2012

On the eleventh day of Fishmas, my dear love gave to me… a snowflake moray eel!

 

 

snowflake eel

 

 

The snowflake moray (Echidna nebulosa) lives in the Indo-Pacific, Micronesia and in parts of the Central Pacific ocean. It can grow up to one meter long. Like the snowy grouper, the snowflake moray can change sex: many females will turn into males later in life.

 

 

Fun fact: want to know if your snowflake moray if a male or a female? Check its teeth! While the coloration between the two sexes is indistinguishable, females have smooth, cone-like teeth while males have pointed and some serrated teeth. The question is… do you really feel like getting that close to their mouths to find out?

 

 

Image sources here and here.

 

 

 

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