Tag: Palechin Moray (Gymnothorax herrei)

The Palechin Moray (Gymnothorax herrei) is one of the smallest and most elusive of the Moray species found in local waters.

Growing to a maximum length of only around 30cm, the size alone makes identifying this species fairly easy.

Unlike many other Morays, the Palechin lacks any pattern markings, instead being an overall pale brown/pinkish colour that because lighter around the face and beneath the jaw area.

Although they are probably fairly common, the Palechin Moray spends almost all of time (during daylight at least) hiding in deep crevices or beneath the layers of stinging Anemones such as Amplexidiscus fenestrafer which offer them protection against larger predators such as Groupers.

They are usually found at depths between 10 - 20m at the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacles, although it is likely that they have a greater location and depth range.

The Palechin Moray (Gymnothorax herrei) is one of the smallest and most elusive of the Moray species found in local waters.

Growing to a maximum length of only around 30cm, the size alone makes identifying this species fairly easy.

Unlike many other Morays, the Palechin lacks any pattern markings, instead being an overall pale brown/pinkish colour that because lighter around the face and beneath the jaw area.

Although they are probably fairly common, the Palechin Moray spends almost all of time (during daylight at least) hiding in deep crevices or beneath the layers of stinging Anemones such as Amplexidiscus fenestrafer which offer them protection against larger predators such as Groupers.

They are usually found at depths between 10 - 20m at the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacles, although it is likely that they have a greater location and depth range.

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Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei)

This pair of Palechin Moray Eels (Gymnothorax Herrei) could be found together, inhabiting the same crevice at Sail Rock for a number of weeks.

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Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei)

In this shot taken at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan, a little Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei) is being moved along by a group Regal Demoiselles (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos).

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Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei)

This photo of a Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei) with a pair of Regal Demoiselles (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos) gives an excellent impression of just how small this species is in comparison to its locally occurring relatives.