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Eel leptocephali

Leptocephali of the Southern Shortfin Eel, Anguilla australis, and Giant Mottled Eel, A. marmorata.

Michael Miller
© Michael Miller


The specimens are 42 mm and 51 mm total length respectively.

The Southern Shortfin Eel occurs in Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. The Giant Mottled Eel is the most widespread species of Anguilla with multiple populations across its range from east Africa to French Polynesia.

Further Reading:
Kuroki, M., J. Aoyama, M. J. Miller, S. Watanabe, A. Shinoda, D. J. Jellyman, E. Feunteun, K. Tsukamoto. 2008. Distribution and early life history characteristics of anguillid leptocephali in the western South Pacific. Marine and Freshwater Research 59: 1035-1047.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, leptocephalus, Anguilla australis, Southern Shortfin Eel, Giant Mottled Eel, Anguilla marmorata,