Zebra / Banded Garden Eel (Heteroconger polyzona) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Zebra / Banded Garden Eel

The Banded or Zebra Garden Eel (Heteroconger polyzona) is a species of Garden Eel (and a member of the Conger Eel family, Congridae). They are mostly found in tropical and sub-tropical shallow waters not exceeding 15 metres. Their distribution is the western Pacific and Coral Triangle, including The Philippines, Indonesia, southern Japan and some southern Pacific islands. They spend nearly all their lives in the sand, raising their heads and upper/frontal bodies out to collect plankton. They are very shy and will retreat back into the sand at the slightest sign of danger.

Zebra Garden Eel
A Banded or Zebra Garden Eel in Indonesia
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Zebra / Banded Garden Eel Heteroconger polyzona
Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Anguilliformes (Eels)
Family: Congridae (Congridae)
Genus: Heteroconger (Heteroconger)
Species: Heteroconger polyzona
Average Size: 30 centimetres

No Troubles Just Bubbles' divers who recently saw Zebra / Banded Garden Eel

Dani N
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Merdeka 3
Trip destinations: Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Koh Phi Phi
When: Sep 2022
Alex Lindsay
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Andaman
Trip destinations: Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Surin
When: May 2022
Joel Rajesh
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Andaman
Trip destinations: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
When: Apr 2022

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