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California Moray

Gymnothorax mordax

California MorayKevin Lee ~


  • Light to dark brown to green
  • No pelvic, gill covers or pectoral fins
  • Often mottled
  • Mouth filled with numerous sharp teeth.


  • Abundant Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands; common southern California


  • Inhabit rocky reefs. Lurk in caves, crevices and other protective recesses
  • Often rest on bottom with head extending from protective recess
  • Constantly open and close mouth to breathe


  • Morays eat octopi and shrimp

Interesting Facts

  • Live up to 30 years