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FEATURED CRITTER: Blue Ribbon Eel   Other Critters

Started 1/10/18 by PennyCC; 359 views.
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From: PennyCC

1/10/18

FEATURED CRITTER:  Blue Ribbon Eel

10 Jan 2018

Commonly known as the ribbon eel, or blue ribbon eel, these colorful animals are actually a species of moray eel. Depending on the stage of the ribbon eel’s life it may appear black, blue and or yellow. They grow to one meter / 3.3 feet in length and can live up to 20 years in the wild. Sadly, ribbon eels are sometimes captured for aquariums and rarely survive longer than one month in captivity.

All ribbon eels start off as male and are black with a yellow dorsal fin. As they mature, the male eels turn mostly bright blue with yellow accents around the mouth and on the dorsal fin. The changes don’t stop there. After the male’s body reaches a certain length, it begins to turn yellow and will develop female parts until it is able to lay eggs. You read that right: they’re (sequential) hermaphrodites.

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From: PennyCC

1/10/18

Is it just me, or do these eels remind you of the Graboids in the Tremor movies? 

Yellow & Black Ribbon eels feeding

My 3 ribbon eels feeding with some help from the Goldentail Moray!

  • Edited January 10, 2018 6:36 pm  by  PennyCC
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1/10/18

Ribbon eels.mov

Ribbon eels in all three stages of life hunting and singing!

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1/10/18

Just for reference, here is a picture of the Graboids from the Tremors movies.

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