Mosaic Moray, Enchelycore ramosa (Griffin 1926)

Other Names: Mosaic Eel

A Mosaic Moray, Enchelycore ramosa, at Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, March 2022. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A cream to pale yellowish or greyish moray with a darker mosaic pattern, a long snout, and curved jaws with and many prominent sharp teeth in the mouth.

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Mosaic Moray, Enchelycore ramosa (Griffin 1926)

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Julian Rocks to Cape Banks, New South Wales, also the Lord Howe Island Province and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in northern New Zealand and at Easter Island.
Inhabits holes and crevices on reefs.


Carnivore - a nocturnal predator, feeds at night on fishes and crustaceans.

Species Citation

Gymnothorax ramosus Griffin 1926, Trans. Proc. N. Z. Inst. 56: 539. Type locality: Whangaroa and Bay of Islands, North Auckland districts, NZ. 


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Mosaic Moray, Enchelycore ramosa (Griffin 1926)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37060027

Depth:1-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated, in holes & crevices

Max Size:150 cm

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