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#1 Dasher

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 06:13 AM

I thought this might be a whitemouth moray but the spots are kind of backwards (black on white rather than white on brown). Perhaps a peppered moray (s. picta)? Photo from west coast of Okinawa. Depth 4 meters.

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 08:19 AM

Not 100% sure but to me it looks like a Black spotted Moray Gymnothorax tessellata

We have similar beasts on the east coast of UAE and Oman that we call Honeycomb Morays Gymnothorax favagineus
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Posted 20 September 2004 - 04:32 AM

Thanks! I looked up your answer in fishbase and it looks right. Hard to tell with out seeing teeth, etc. Interestingly, fishbase lists G. tessellata as a synonym of G. favagineus.

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 10:50 PM

I'm pretty sure that's G. favagineus, fairly common throughout the Indo-Pacific. I've never heard of the synonum.

Helmut Debelius (and several other sourcebooks) give the common name "Honeycomb moray", but I think I've also heard them called something else. Very pretty eels, which can grow fairly large.

Here's a couple more, both from Amed, Bali, in Indonesia:

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