Gymnothorax prasinus Richardson 1848
green moray
Gymnothorax prasinus, green moray

 Muraenidae - moray eels

Green Moray Eels, Gymnothorax prasinus, are yellowish brown to bright green or orange. The colouring may be depth related as the green colouring is caused by algae in the skin. They generally hide in crevices during the day and go out into the open to feed at night. Green morays have large sharp teeth which are in single rows on both jaws and also in a row along the the roof of the mouth. They are quite inquisitive and some seem to enjoy contact with divers but may bite.

Distribution =   Southern Australia, Shark Bay WA to Qld, northern Tas, NZ.
Max size =   1.5m, typically 1m