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Depth range (m): 0.3 - 0.3
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Diseases and Parasites
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Anguilla reinhardtii
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Anguilla reinhardtii
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 7
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Speckled longfin eel
The speckled longfin eel, Australian long-finned eel or marbled eel (Anguilla reinhardtii) is one of 15 species of eel in the family Anguillidae. It has a long snake-like cylindrical body with its dorsal, tail and anal fins joined to form one long fin. It usually has a brownish green or olive green back and sides with small darker spots or blotches all over its body. Its underside is paler. It has a small gill opening on each side of its wide head, with thick lips. It is Australia's largest freshwater eel, and the female usually grows much larger than the male. It is also known as the spotted eel.
Long-finned eels can grow to 1.6 metres and 22 kg (although generally to 1 metre) for females while males are much smaller at 650 mm and 600 g. Landlocked eels have been reported to grow to 3 metres (10 feet).
The long-finned eel is a native of New Guinea, eastern Australia (including Tasmania), Lord Howe Island, and New Caledonia. It can be found in many freshwater areas, including creeks, streams, rivers, swamps, dams, lagoons, and lakes although generally more often in rivers than lakes.
Breeding and migration
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- Critters of Calamvale Creek
- Inland Fisheries Service Tasmania Long-finned eel fact sheet
- Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society
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