December 17. Philippine Marine Biodiversity - Definitives
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13.5
of 100 (10 x 10)
True Clownfish - Singles (14,670,000)
Giant Moray Eel - Singles (1,670,000)
Source: Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Dr. Terence
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True Clownfish (Amphiprion Percula).
Also known as the Clown Anemonefish. In the wild, this member of the
Pomacentridae family grows to about 4-1/2 inches; however, captive
specimens rarely exceed 3-1/2 inches in length. The True Percula
Clownfish is the fish most people picture when they imagine a marine
aquarium. With their bright orange body color, divided by bands of
elegant white outlined in black, Amphiprion percula is the essence
of beauty. However, it is the famous symbiotic relationship the True
Percula Clownfish has with various anemones that truly captures the
imagination of most aquarists.
Giant Moray Eel
(Gymnothorax Javanicus). A giant moray eel is a feared
predator, known for its fearsome diseased bite. It appears as an
8-foot long eel with mottled brown leathery skin, with lighter brown
or yellow spots on its dorsal area. It has pronounced incisor teeth.
A giant moray eel will conceal itself in a reef, seaweed, or
underneath stones. When its prey passes by, it lunges out, biting
its prey and striking with blinding speed. It will attack almost
anything that passes near it, regardless of the size of the prey.
The eel will only use its tail lash on a foe trapped in its jaws or
on a foe attempting to flank it. Improved Grab: To use this
ability, a giant moray eel must hit a foe with its bite attack. If
it gets a hold, it tears the flesh. Tear: A giant moray eel
automatically hits a held opponent with all its melee attacks each
round it maintains the hold. Disease: The bite inflicts its foe with
a disease akin to mummy rot. Immunities: Giant moray eels are immune
to all forms of fear and disease. Skills: Giant Moray eels gain a +4
racial bonus to Hide, Listen and Spot checks. Feats: The Giant Moray
Eel gains Weapon Finesse (bite) as a bonus feat.
Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak