Animal Species:Southern Shortfin Eel, Anguilla australis Richardson, 1841

Standard Common Name

Southern Shortfin Eel

Alternative Name/s

Australian Shortfinned Eel, Freshwater Eel, River Eel, Silver Eel, Yellow Eel

Identification

The Southern Shortfin Eel is the only freshwater eel in southern Australian waters with a uniform body colouration.

Size range

It grows to about 90 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs widely throughout the Western Pacific region.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Anguilla australis

Habitat

It lives in still, often turbid, freshwaters.  Mature eels migrate to sea to spawn and young eels return to freshwater habitats.

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Anguilla
Family:
Anguillidae
Order:
Anguilliformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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