November 8. Philippine Marine Biodiversity - Definitives
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13.5
of 100 (10 x 10)
Ribbon Eel - Singles (6,990,000)
Design Coordinators: Victorino Z. Serevo; Elenita D.L.
Source: Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Dr. Terence
First Day Covers: Manila
Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena
Quaesita). The ribbon eel is
an elegant creature with a long, thin body and high dorsal fins. The
ribbon eel can easily be recognized by its expanded anterior
nostrils. Juveniles and sub-adults are jet black with a yellow
dorsal fin, while females are yellow with a black anal fin with
white margins on the fins. The adult males are blue with a yellow
The ribbon eel grows to an overall length of
approximately 100 cm (36 in), and has a life span of up to twenty
Like many eels, the ribbon eel is sometimes
thought to be angry or aggressive, because its mouth is often open,
appearing ready to strike. In reality, the eel is simply breathing.
In the wild, the ribbon
eel buries itself in sand or hides in rocks or reefs, dashing out to
feed on shrimp, samin, and other fish.
Because most ribbon eels do not live longer than a month in
captivity, some feel that this species should never be purchased.
Ribbon eels have been observed in nearly every case to stop eating
after being captured, although there are reports of them surviving
and eating in captivity for 2 years or more. There is at least one
case of a Ribbon Eel living 25 years in captivity.
Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak