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2006-03-12-16-40-52

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A large Giant Moray Eel (Gymnothorax javanicus) being cleaned by a Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) at a cleaning station on a small coral head on the ocean floor which is part of the coral reef surrounding Phi Phi Island off the coast of Phuket, Thailand in the Andaman Sea.
The Giant Moray eel is the largest of the southern tropical morays, and can exceed eight feet in length although this one was only about five foot in length.
The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse is the most common cleaner wrasse found in the southern tropics and clean a huge variety of fish at the cleaning stations which are set up on coral reefs. They advertise their services by swimming in the water column above their station.

· Date: Fri May 26, 2006 · Reference ID: all/22006-03-12-16-40-52 · Views: 11288 ·
Keywords: Labroides dimidiatus Gymnothorax javanicus muraenidae moray eel eels snake like southeast se asia pacific tropical thai cleaning parasite symbootic s
Additional Categories: Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse

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