Search for : Liveaboards & Day Trips
Booking hotline 24 hours
Tap No. to call us

Black Garden Eel

Black Garden Eel
A Black Garden Eel at Lembeh, Indonesia
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Black Garden Eel
A Black Garden Eel in Lembeh, Sulawesi Indonesia
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Black Garden Eel
A Black Garden Eel poking its head out of the Lembeh sand.
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Black Garden Eel Heteroconger perissodon
Description

As you can see from our pictures, the Black Garden Eel (Heteroconger perissodon) is often not black in colour. Some individuals are light grey or tan. It is believed that the type and colour of the sand that is the eel's environment has an effect on the colour of the eel. These are mostly found in central and eatstern Indonesia and The Philippines. Like all sepcies of Garden Eels, they hide most of their bodies' length in the sand, and live in groups. When they feel safe enough, the extend their upper body to reach out into the current and collect plankton as food. As soon as any threat gets close enough the whole group will descend back into their sand holes.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes (Eels)
Family: Congridae (Congridae)
Genus: Heteroconger (Heteroconger)
Species: Heteroconger perissodon
Size
Average Size: 40 centimetres

Black Garden Eel - Where Can You Find Them When Scuba diving?

Maldives

Data not yet available

Myanmar/Burma

Malaysia

Data not yet available

Egypt

Data not yet available

Have you ever seen Black Garden Eel when diving?
Let us know your thoughts by adding a comment below.


Security code
Refresh

Free Scuba Diver!
T-shirt & wrist band
+ Drybag or Beach towel

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.