Why are ribbon eels so Colourful? (Facts (All ribbon eels are born male.,…
Why are ribbon eels so Colourful?
How they change colours.
they can change colours as they get older or change gender
or they are born with different colours for example the ghost ribbon eel which is grey, there are like clear ones.
Why they change colours.
They change colour as they age theu also change gender as they age from male to female or when needed.
they start at jet black and yellow dorsal fin with adult males the black is then replaced by a florescent semi dark blue. females however are either entirely blue or some blue on the posterior.
How they change gender.
when they are juvenile they are a jet black with yellow dorsal fin
well when they are born they are always male so they have to change gender to become female
the female lifespan is a lot shorter than the males they female life cycle is like this become female lay eggs die in a month where as the lifespan in general is 20 years. but only 1 month in captivity.
Why ribbon eels change their gender.
Because as the colony they are a part of lives on if they need more females some of the males will change genders to keep the colony alive.
or somtimes they change gender to make their own colony.
Would you change your gender if you could?
the female ribbon eel can grow to 130 cm and the male can grow to 65-94 cm.
Topic Specific Vocab
School as in school of fish
All ribbon eels are born male.
Juveniles are usually found on there own
they are known to stay in the same hole for months or even years
it is not unusual to find multiple males in the same area along with that some males can share the same hole as well.
the ribbon eels habitat is in the indo-pacific ocean
they are also known as the bernis eel and also a species of moray eel
they are usually only found with there heads protruding from the ground.