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Class: Teleostei
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Anguillidae Freshwater eels

Genus: Anguilla

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19 species
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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Anguilla anguilla European eel Atlantic Ocean 133 TL 1758
Anguilla australis Short-finned eel Southwest Pacific 130 TL 1841
Anguilla bengalensis Indian mottled eel Asia 200 TL 1831
Anguilla bicolor Indonesian shortfin eel Indo-Pacific 123 TL 1844
Anguilla borneensis Asia 1924
Anguilla celebesensis Celebes longfin eel Western Pacific 150 TL 1856
Anguilla dieffenbachii New Zealand longfin eel Southwest Pacific 185 TL 1842
Anguilla interioris Highlands long-finned eel Oceania 80 TL 1938
Anguilla japonica Japanese eel Asia 150 TL 1846
Anguilla labiata African mottled eel Africa 175 TL 1852
Anguilla luzonensis Philippines 100 TL 2009
Anguilla malgumora Indonesian longfinned eel Asia 80 TL 1856
Anguilla marmorata Giant mottled eel Indo-Pacific 200 TL 1824
Anguilla megastoma Polynesian longfinned eel Pacific Ocean 165 SL 1856
Anguilla mossambica African longfin eel Western Indian Ocean 150 TL 1852
Anguilla nebulosa Mottled eel Indian Ocean 121 TL 1844
Anguilla obscura Pacific shortfinned eel Pacific Ocean 110 TL 1872
Anguilla reinhardtii Speckled longfin eel Asia and Oceania 165 TL 1867
Anguilla rostrata American eel Northwest to western Cent 152 TL 1817

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