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Moray Eels Have Two Sets of Jaws
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Moray Eels Have Two Sets of Jaws

July 27, 2010
Moray eels have two sets of jaws--the oral jaws that capture prey and the pharyngeal jaws (similar to the jaws of the monster in the movie, "Alien") that advance into the mouth and move prey from the oral jaws to the esophagus for swallowing. This unique strategy to capture and consume prey was discovered during a research study, supported in part by the National Science Foundation.