Moray Eel

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    • Researchers have discovered a new species of Moray Eel off the Cuddalore coast.

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    • Moray eels, or Muraenidae are a family of eels found worldwide
    • They have small Eyes and they rely mostly on their highly developed sense of smell, lying in wait to ambush prey.Their body is generally patterned.
    • Moray Eels occur in all tropical and subtropical seas, they live in shallow water among reefs and rocks.
    • Moray eels can be found in both freshwater habitats and saltwater habitats.
    • They are known for two types of jaws: one is regular (oral) jaws with big teeth and the second jaw is called the pharyngeal jaw (which drags prey inside the eels stomach).

    • This newly discovered species has been named after Tamil Nadu as Gymnothorax tamilnaduensis with common name as Tamil Nadu brown moray.

    Source: IE