Whitespotted Garden Eel, Gorgasia maculata Klausewitz & Eibl-Eibesfeldt 1959

Other Names: Indian Spaghetti Eel

White Spotted Garden Eels, Gorgasia maculata, at Bua, Fiji. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pale greyish garden eel with many small close-packed brown spots and distinct white spots or blotches encircling the sensory pores on the head and lateral line pores on the body, and a large white blotch on the back of the head.

Colonies of  Whitespotted Garden Eels live in coral-sand burrows with their heads poking out to feed on small planktonic organisms drifting by in the current.

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Whitespotted Garden Eel, Gorgasia maculata Klausewitz & Eibl-Eibesfeldt 1959

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Recorded in the Australian region from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Elsewhere, widespread in the tropical Indo-West Pacific, from the Maldives and the Comoro islands to the Solomon Islands, and north to the Philippines.


Dianne J. Bray

Whitespotted Garden Eel, Gorgasia maculata Klausewitz & Eibl-Eibesfeldt 1959


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CAAB Code:37067040

Biology:Burrows, in colonies

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:15-48 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy bottoms

Max Size:70 cm TL

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