Purplemouth moray

Purplemouth moray
Purplemouth moray
Muraenidae (Moray eels)
Gymnothorax vicinus
0 to 30 ft
The body of the purplemouth moray is speckled brown, but the spots are not distinct, as in the somewhat similar spotted moray. The bright yellow eyes help distinguish this eel from others. In large individuals, there may be a black edge to the fins. As the name implies, the inside of mouth is light purple. The purplemouth moray grows to a length of 4 feet (1.2 m). The purplemouth moray is widespread throughout the tropical Atlantic, and is considered uncommon in the Cayman Islands; however, one individual is well known from Stingray City. It inhabits shallow reefs, generally where the water is clear. Like most morays, it hides in holes during day with only its head poking out. At night, it emerges to hunt fishes and invertebrates.

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