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Eels and Morays: Anguilliformes - Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Eels, Morays, And People, American Eel (anguilla Rostrata): Species Accounts - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded Vertebrates

AMERICAN EEL (Anguilla rostrata): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
GREEN MORAY (Gymnothorax funebris): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
SLENDER GIANT MORAY (Strophidon sathete): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

Eels and morays live all over the world.


HABITAT

Eels and morays live in streams, lakes, estuaries (EHS-chew-air-eez), deep-sea waters, and coral reefs. Some spend most of their lives in freshwater and then move to the sea to spawn, or produce and release eggs. Some live in open water, but most live in small openings in coral reefs and rocks or burrow in the soft bottom.


DIET

Eels and morays eat almost any animal available, from insects to fishes. Some eels and morays feed on dead animals that lie on the ocean bottom, including whales.


CONSERVATION STATUS

Eels and morays are not threatened or endangered.

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