Thursday, May 6, 2010

YPM ICH 4287 & 4291: Anguillic beauties

The first specimen post (below) was a bit sinister. I don't want to give the impression that all posts will be as such, so here are some pretty specimens that don't burrow into flesh and suck the blood out of hearts.

Eels compose the order Anguilliformes, hence the made-up adjective in this post's title that I thought sounded somewhat like "angelic", ha. I find the patterning on these two specimens particularly striking.

First, here is YPM ICH 4287, a snowflake moray, Echidna nebulosa:


Second, here is YPM ICH 4291, a spotted snake moray, Scuticaria tigrina:


Both of these specimens were collected off the coast of Tahiti in June of 1935 by Henry Sears.

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