Snowflake Moray (Echidna nebulosa)

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Snowflake Moray

Snowflake Moray

Echidna nebulosa

946 Litres (250 US G.)

90-100 cm (35.4-39.4")


8.2 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-15 years



Additional names

Snowflake Moray, Snowflake Eel, Clouded Moray Eel, Diamond-Back Moray Eel, Starry Moray Eel

Additional scientific names

Muraena nebulosa, Poecilophis nebulosa, Echidna variegata, Gymnothorax boschii, Muraena ophis


These eels are very difficult to sex visually. Captive breeding has not been reported.

Tank compatibility[edit]

These eels will pose a threat to any invertebrates such as shrimp, snails and crabs, but are fine to keep with corals, anemones and sea urchins. They should not be kept with very small fish such as Damselfish, but larger semi-aggressive and aggressive fish should be fine provided the tank is large enough.


These eels are carnivorous and will gladly take ghost shrimp, krill, squid, and silversides.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Provide a matured environment. It must be spacious with plenty of hiding places. A secure lid is a must as this fish is a true escape artist.


A nocturnal ambush predator, will spend most of the day hidden amongst live rock.


A striking and popular eel, typically elongate in shape with a large head and mouth. Its nose is yellow/white while the rest of its body is broken up in thick brown and white/yellow bands. These bands are not defined, rather having broken edges and spots. The patterns will vary from fish to fish.



Being fed: 2 ft 15 year old Eel looking for food:

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