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Blotched/Barred Snake moray (Uropterygius fasciolatus) Coconut Garden, Lembeh.<br />
First time I see this beauty! It may look scary with her pointy teeth but then look at its globular eyebrow-like features; then you can see the cuteness! :-) Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring,Uropterygius fasciolatus Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Blotched/Barred Snake moray (Uropterygius fasciolatus)

Coconut Garden, Lembeh.
First time I see this beauty! It may look scary with her pointy teeth but then look at its globular eyebrow-like features; then you can see the cuteness! :-)

    comments (12)

  1. This is wild! Posted one year ago
    1. They always look scarier than they are :-) Posted one year ago
  2. Definitely cute! Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, with these two rounded thingies :-) Posted one year ago
      1. I really like the teeth! Posted one year ago
        1. They have multiple lines of teeth and they are curved inwards to hold the prey: literally the bite of death! Posted one year ago
          1. Crazy! Posted one year ago
  3. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Check out those teeth! Moray eels don't leave their mouths hanging open to show off their intimidating teeth. It's just the way they breathe because unlike other fish, a moray eel uses its mouth to orally pump water through its gills. However, their impressive dentition does have a special purpose! Not only do they have the freakish array of razor sharp teeth that are visible in this photo, but they have a concealed weapon: a second set of teeth! Moray eels have pharyngeal jaws, armed with hooked teeth, which are located in the back of their head. When feeding, they use their outer jaws to grip their prey, and then their pharyngeal jaws launch forward into the mouth to grab the prey and pull it down the throat. Fascinating, cool, creepy, and very alienesque. Moray eels are the only known animals that actively use pharyngeal jaws to capture prey in such an innovative way. {Uropterygius fasciolatus spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon moderator, Patomarazul} #JungleDragon"
    Posted one year ago
    1. Hello Christine!
      Many thanks for the super facts!!
      Posted one year ago
      1. You're welcome, Marta! It's a great shot of such an intriguing creature <3 Posted one year ago
  4. Dentist's nightmare. Posted one year ago
    1. Yes hahaha ;-D Posted one year ago

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''Uropterygius fasciolatus'' is a moray eel found in coral reefs in the western central Pacific Ocean. It was first named by Regan in 1909, and is commonly known as the blotched moray, barred moray, or the Gosline's snake moray.

Similar species: Eels
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Dec 16, 2018. Captured May 27, 2018 12:17 in Paudean, South Lembeh, Bitung City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 16.48mm