Habitat & Range
They live on the sandy flats that border coral reefs at depths of 23’ – 150’ (7–45m). They can also be found in areas dense with seagrass. They dig a burrow into the sandy sea bottom using their pointed tail. When the burrow is deep enough they use their dorsal fin to push the sand out of the burrow. Slime that they secrete from their skin cements the burrow walls so that the burrow will not collapse.
Spotted garden eels live in the warm parts of the Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea.
Spotted Garden Eel
A swaying colony of spotted garden eels could easily be mistaken for plants. These animals extend their bodies out of individual burrows to find tiny zooplankton to eat, but if they spot danger, the eels can pull their bodies completely into their burrows to hide.
IUCN Status: Not evaluated
Spotted garden eels are common at this time.
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