Other Freshwater Eel's

Giant Mottled Eel

Description: Also known as the Giant marbled Eel, The adult eels are yellow with a greenish-brown to black marbling on their back and a white belly.The young elvers have less visible marbling and are greyish to yellow

Distribution: Indo-Pacific: East Africa, inland Mozambique and lower Zambezi River to French Polynesia, north to southern Japan.

Size: They can grow upto 6.6 feet in length

Weight: They can grow up to 45lbs

Age: It is assumed their maximum age is around 40 years

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Longfin Eel

Description: There are various types of Longfin Eel's such as, African Longfin, New Zealand Longfin and Speckled Longfin.The easiest way to identify the longfin eel is by the length of its fins: the dorsal (top) fin is about two-thirds the length of the body and starts significantly further towards the head than the anal (bottom) fin. When a longfin eel bends, its loose skin wrinkles distinctively inside each bend.

Distribution: Depending on the species, distribution is wide spread, South and East Africa, inland Mozambique and lower Zambezi River systems, Austrailia and New Zealand.

Size: New Zealand longfin can grow up to 6 feet in length

Weight: New Zealand longfin can grow up to 56lbs

Age: New Zealand longfin age has been recorded at 106 years.

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American Eel

Description: Variations exist in coloration, from olive green, brown shading to greenish-yellow and light gray or white on the belly. Eels from clear water are often lighter than those from dark, tannic acidic streams

African Mottled Eel

Description: The colour of the eel is yellowish to brownish with brown and black mottled spots. Adults are less obviously mottled than the juveniles.

Distribution: It is found in east Africa: Lake Kariba, middle Zambezi, Pungwe and Buzi systems, Upper and Lower Save/Rhunde system, Umzingwani and Limpopo rivers

Size: They can grow over 5 feet in length

Weight: They can grow over 40 lbs in weight

Age: Maximum age unknown.

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There are as many as 16 different species of freshwater Anguilla distributed throughout the world. Below are a few examples of the species located in other countries.

Shortfin Eel

Distribution: It is native to the lakes, dams and coastal rivers of south-eastern Australia, New Zealand, and much of the South Pacific, including New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, Tahiti, and Fiji.

Size: They can grow upto 3.6 feet in length

Weight: They can grow up to 6.5 lbs

Age: It is assumed their maximum age is around 40 years

Description: The dorsal (top) and anal (bottom) fins are of roughly equal length. The colour varies considerably from one individual to another; a deep olive-green is typical but it can be much lighter; golden or even (rarely) yellowish. There are no markings of note, but the underside is pale, often silvery, and the fins greenish.

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Distribution: The distribution of the American eel encompasses all accessible freshwater (streams and lakes), estuaries and coastal marine waters across a latitudinal range of 5 to 62 N. Their natural range includes the eastern North Atlantic Ocean coastline from Venezuela to Greenland and including Iceland. Inland, this species extends into the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

Size: They can grow upto 4 feet in length

Weight: They can grow up to 17 lbs in weight

Age: It is unknown what their maximum age is but they migrate back to the Sargasso Sea after 25-30 years

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