Philippines Photo Gallery: Anilao eels

We took an underwater photography trip to the Philippines in December 2016.

The ribbon eel (leaf-nosed moray eel or bernis eel) is found in lagoons and reefs in of the Indo-Pacific. They have a long thin body, high dorsal fin, and expanded anterior nostrils.

Blue ribbon eels, Rhinomuraena quaesita (adult and juvenile)

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The name Moray eel comes from the Portuguese "moreia", which came from the Latin "murena", which came from the Greek "muraina", a kind of eel. The dorsal fin extends from just behind the head along the back and joins seamlessly with the caudal and anal fins. Most species lack pectoral and pelvic fins.

White-eyed moray, Sidera thyrsoidea

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Fimbrated Moray eel, Gymnothorax fimbriatus

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Last modified 23 February 2017