Ribbon Eels (Muraenidae)
Others in Family
Leopard, Green, Starry, Black Cheek, Guinea fowl and Moray Eel
Ribbon eels can be as long as 3 m.
Ribbon Eel Identification
The body of the eels is flattened on both sides and very muscular. They have no pectoral fins or scales. The dorsal fin stretches from behind the head to the tail and anal fins. Their mouths are big with teeth pointing backwards. Juveniles are black in colour, males are bright yellow and blue, and females only yellow.
Ribbon Eel General Info
Ribbon eels belong to the Muraenidae family which comprises of 15 genera and 200 species. They are distinguished by their nostril located at the front of the head, breathing with an open mouth. Juveniles change sex from male to female as they mature, as well as colour from blue to yellow. They hide in sand and debris on the ocean surface and reproduce by spawning their eggs into the surrounding water.
Ribbon Eel Feeding
Ribbon eels feed on small fish.
They can be found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Male (blue and yellow)
Terminal male (yellow and black)