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Spotted Garden Eel

Heteroconger hassi

Natural environment

The spotted garden eel lives in colonies of several dozen to several hundreds, on sandy slopes exposed to currents, ranging from 7 to 45 m in depth.



They usually position themselves vertically above the bottom, with their tails inside the burrows that they dig and where they hide in case of danger. Sticking out of their burrows, they sway with the current, searching for food. Their diet is comprised of plankton.

Because they rely on the current to bring their food to them, colonies of spotted garden eels are never found in stagnant water.

Indo-Pacific area


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