Longtail Moray, Strophidon sathete (Hamilton-Buchanan 1822)

Other Names: Long-tailed Eel, Slender Giant Moray

A Longtail Moray, Strophidon sathete, on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Roger Steene / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A very large brownish-grey moray with a paler underside.

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Longtail Moray, Strophidon sathete (Hamilton-Buchanan 1822)

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Inhabits muddy areas in the lower reaches of rivers, estuaries and coastal marine waters.


Vertebrae 183 - 196. 
Body moderately elongate, cylindrical in front, compressed along tail; eyes small; teeth small, biserial, inner series enlarged; head not obviously distinct from trunk although the profile is moderately steep; very large mouth, extending to well beyond eye; biserial sharp teeth on jaws, larger in front and in inner row; dorsal fin inserted on head before gill-opening; scales absent.


Feeds mostly on crustaceans and small fishes.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Longtail Moray, Strophidon sathete (Hamilton-Buchanan 1822)


Chen, H.-M., Shao, K.-T. & Chen, C.T. 1994. A review of the muraenid eels (Family Muraenidae) from Taiwan with descriptions of twelve new records. Zoological Studies 33(1): 44-64.

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CAAB Code:37060060

Danger:May bite

Depth:0-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated, silty areas

Max Size:400 cm TL

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