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FRESHWATER EELS
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Anguilla marmorata
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Overview
Main identification features
  • mouth ends under eye;lips thick
  • adult - small, imbedded scales
  • teeth minute, in bands
  • large pectorals
  • lateral linecomplete, small pores
FAMILY ANGUILLIDAE

FRESHWATER EELS

Body robust; compressed at rear; small imbedded scales present in adults but not juveniles; with large pectoral fins; dorsal fin origin well behind pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins continuous with tail fin; mouth reaching to under rear edge of eye; lips thick; teeth minute, in bands on jaws and front of roof of mouth; lateral line complete but pores very small.

With one genus with about 16 species; worldwide (except without a resident population in the eastern Pacific) in tropical to temperate waters.

Adults live in fresh to brackish water, migrate long distances to spawning grounds in deep gyres in the open ocean; larvae marine.


References
  • Arai, T., Marui, M., Miller, M.J. and Tsukamoto, K., 2002., Growth history and inshore migration of the tropical eel Auguilla marmorata in the western Pacific., Marine Biology, 140:309-316.
  • McCosker, J.E., Bustamante, R.H. and Wellington, G.M., 2003., The freshwater eel, Anguilla marmorata, discovered in Galápagos., Noticias de Galápagos, Aug 2003:2-6.
  • Quoy , J. R. C. and Gaimard, J. P., 1824., Description des Poissons. Chapter IX. In: Freycinet, L. de, Voyage autour du Monde...exécuté sur les corvettes de L. M. "L'Uranie" et "La Physicienne," pendant les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820. Paris., Voyage Uranie, Zool., :1-328.
  • Robinet, T., Lecomte-Finiger, R. Escoubeyrou, K. and Feunteun, E., 2003., Tropical eels Anguilla spp. recruiting to Réunion Island in the Indian \., .

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