Yellowhead Moray Eel
Dark-spotted Moray Eel ~ Fimbriated Moray EelFamily: Muraenidae Gymnothorax fimbriatusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
We bought this eel as a "Leopard Eel" but have failed to find out exactly what kind of eel it really is. This eel has the coloring and looks of the Yellowhead Moray Eel, Dark-spotted Eel, or Fimbriated Moray Eel, Gymnothorax fimbriatus. It has connected spots in a less random manner than those we've seen in Atlases, however, the moray's are known to come in a variety of patterns!
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The Yellowhead Moray Eel, Dark-spotted Eel, or Fimbriated Moray Eel is like most other, being a hardy animal that likes holes to hide in and eats live, meaty foods. This species is commonly seen and will only grow only up to 30". It is a hardy and fairly peaceful species for the marine aquarium.The Leopard Moray Eel, Gymnothorax undulatus, is not a good choice for a marine aquarium as they grow upwards of 6 feet!
If you find one that is called a Leopard Moray Eel, and it has the coloration and patterning of the one above, you most likely are looking at the Yellowhead Moray Eel, Dark-spotted Eel, or Fimbriated Moray Eel rather than a "Leopard Moray Eel".
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Yellow Edged Moray Eel
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Yellow Edged Moray Eel - Gymnothorax flavimarginatus
The yellow edged moray eel (Gymnothorax flavimarginatus) is a member of the family Muraenidae. The yellow-edged morays commonly inhabit drop-offs in coral or rocky areas of reef flats and protected shorelines to seaward reefs. The depth of the eel in the video is evident from the need for a light. They feed on cephalopods, fishes, and crustaceans. Their distribution includes the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea and South Africa eastward to the Tuamotus and Austral islands, north to the Ryukyu and Hawaiian islands, south to New Caledonia, and in the eastern Pacific from Costa Rica, Panama and the Galapagos Islands. They can be found at depths as deep as 150 m (500 ft.). Yellow-edged morays can reach a length of up to 240 cm. (7.9 ft.) and are suitable only for very large aquariums.
Feeding juvenile Fimbriated Eels
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Perfect captive set up for 2 young Fimbriated Eels
This video is a great example of 2 young Fimbriated Moray Eels in the same tank. They still have their very yellow head, white body and there is more spotting than bars on the body that gives away their young age. The tank for 2 of these eels should be at least 250 gallons, but only 125 gallons for one. Provide a deeper tank that is at least 24," to help prevent them from being able to leverage the lid off. Otherwise, the lid should be weighted down, and there should be no escape holes in the lid. If the lid is solid, use an air pump to keep oxygen in the space between the lid and the surface of the water, otherwise carbon dioxide will build up, suppressing the pH and causing all kinds of health problems or death!
Yellow Head Eel Feeding, Fimbriated Moray Eel adult
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Adult colored Fimbriated Moray Eel
The name Yellowhead Moray Eel comes from the typical coloring of juveniles. As you can see this adult does not have the intense yellow head, and it is showing how reclusive their nature is. Juveniles tend to be more outgoing. This eel is highly sought after due to it's beautiful coloring. Teaching it to feed off of a feeder stick may help them to possibly not eat any fish tank mates. House with fish that are twice as deep as their open mouth and over 20% of the length of the eel. For example, an adult, who is typically 32" or more can eat a fish that is deep, yet under 7," not including the fish's tail.
Maintenance: Feed all kinds of live fish and meaty foods. Use a poker if necessary at first to place the food right in front of their mouth. Don't worry if it doesn't eat for a while at first, they can go for several weeks without food (and often do).
Breeding/Reproduction: Probably not possible in the aquarium. See Breeding Marine Fish page for a description of how they reproduce in the wild.
Several freshwater species of eels are known to lay their eggs in the ocean and die afterwards.