The lifespan of European eels is dependent on maturation time because once eels mature and spawn, they die. European eels can spawn as early as 7 years old. The maximum reported age of a European eel in the wild is 85 years (Dekker, van Os and van Willigen, 1998).
Status: wild: 85 (high) years.
Status: wild: 7 (low) years.
Status: captivity: 55.0 years.
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