Species Muraena helena (Mediterranean moray)

Elongated laterally compressed body, which reminds of a snake (serpentiform). Up to 1.5 meters in length. Have small eyes and big mouth with powerful jaws. Present tubular nostrils. Do not have pectoral fin. Dorsal fin is continuous, being a kind of skin crest. Its skin does not have scales. Colour is purplish to brownish with multiple white and yellow mottles all along, more marked in adult individuals.

Can be confused with Gymnothorax unicolor, but this species has a more rounded head, and show a uniform brown coloration, with darker head. It can also confused with Muraena augusti, which is endemic from the Canary Islands, Azores or Madeira, but this species show a high contrast between its very dark head and its lighter eyes.

Might be also confused by Conger conger, which is greyish, has much elongated head and show a thick lip.


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Species profile
  • Is marine

Vernacular names for species Muraena helena

Albaniangjarpër deti, mërina, mrina, murenaWorms, Worms, Worms, Worms
CatalanMorena mediteràneaJosep Vilanova
Dutch; Flemishmoeraal, gewone murene, mureneWorms, Worms, Worms
EnglishMediterranean moray, moray eelWorms, Worms
Frenchmurène de la Méditerranée, murène commune, murèneWorms, Worms, Worms
GermanMittelmeermurane, Mittelmeer-Muräne, MuräneWorms, Worms, Worms
Hebrewמורנה ים-תיכוניתWorms
Italianmurina, murenaWorms, Worms
Turkishmuren baligiWorms
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