Where is the animal to be found?
The spotted garden-eel lives on seagrass or sandy sea beds. It lives in colonies of several dozen to several hundred individuals. The space between the different garden-eels is constant.
How can it be recognised?
The body of this fish is long and thin like the body of an eel. It can bury itself completely in the sand. It is fearful, only part of its body is visible, the rest of its body stays permanently in its hole. It stands upright, with its tail anchored in its burrow, into which it retreats when danger approaches.
What is distinctive about it?
Even during the breeding season, spotted garden-eels stay in their burrows. Male and female neighbours come together and intertwine before releasing sperm and eggs. Juveniles live deeper in their burrows than adults.