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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Muraenidae
Estuarine moray eel
Gymnothorax tile

Family Muraenidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This wriggly snake-like fish is sometimes seen on our undisturbed shores in rubbly areas near mangroves and seagrass meadows..

Features: To about 60cm, those seen were about 15-30cm. Body long and cylindrical, only somewhat flattened towards the tail. It has small eyes and many sharp teeth and tubular nostrils. Like other eels, it lacks pectoral and pelvic fins, and has no scales either. The dorsal, anal and tail fins are continuous. Bluish grey, brown to reddish-brown with numerous yellowish-white speckles. These speckles may fade in large adults.

Sometimes mistaken for sea snakes or eels. Here's more on how to tell apart sea snakes, eels and eel-like animals.

Human uses: Unfortunately, it is commonly taken for the live aquarium trade.

Chek Jawa, Sep 02

No pelvic fins.

Tubular nostrils.

Dorsal, anal and tail fins are continuous.

Estuarine moray eels on Singapore shores

Photos of Estuarine moray eels for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Beting Bronok, Jun 17
Photo shared by Abel Yeo on facebook.

Pulau Sekudu, May 12
Photo shared by Sam Yeo on facebook.

Beting Bronok, Jun 10
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her blog.

Beting Bronok, May 11
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her blog.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 11

Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.

Berlayar Creek, Oct 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Labrador, Nov 18
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

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