garden eel

What is garden eel?

garden eel meaning a family of eels (Heterocongridae) that occur in colonies in the sandy bottoms adjacent to coral reefs, where they live individually in burrows from which they protrude to feed on plankton. From a distance these eels resemble a field of seagrass. They are very shy and disappear into their burrows at the approach of a potential predator

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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