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California Moray Gymnothorax mordax


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California Moray
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Family: Muraenidae, Morays view all from this family

Description The California Moray, Gymnothorax mordax, is a Moray eel of the family Muraenidae, found in the eastern Pacific at depths down to 40 m. Its length is up to 152 cm.They live up to 30 years old and have no pelvic, pectoral fins, or gill covers.

Dimensions Up to 5' (1.5 m).

Warning Capable of inflicting deep wounds when disturbed, large morays are dangerous in or out of water. California Morays may bite divers, but they usually are not aggressive unless harassed.

Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows.

Range California.