Couple in the making
A pair of Ribbon Eels - Rhinomuraena quaesita.
They have 3 phases :
- black/yellow during juvenile phase
- blue/yellow during male phase
- fully yellow during female phase
The picture shows a slightly bigger male slowly changing to female phase, with yellow colouration on the body.
The ribbon eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita) or Bernis eel, is a species of moray eel, the only member of the genus Rhinomuraena. What is now known as R. quaesita also includes the former R. amboinensis. R. quaesita was used for blue ribbon eels and R. amboinensis for black ribbon eels, but these are now recognized as the same species. The ribbon eel is found in lagoons and reefs in the Indo-Pacific ocean, ranging from East Africa to southern Japan, Australia and French Polynesia. Although generally placed.. more