Morphology Data of Anguilla mossambica
Identification keys
Main Ref. Skelton, P.H., 2001
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral eel-like
Cross section circular
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales

Description: Head and body elongated, with thick smooth skin, scales minute and embedded (Ref. 52193). Dorsal fin origin well in advance of anal fin origin, both joined with caudal (Ref. 4967, 52193). Mouth large, lips thick, teeth fine, forming narrow bands on jaws and palate; gill slits small, restricted to sides in front of pectoral fins (Ref. 52193).

Colouration: Olive to greyish black dorsally, lighter ventrally (Ref. 3971, 52193). On maturity prior to entering the sea the colour changes to dark bronze above and light yellow or silvery below (Ref. 52193).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Anguilla mossambica

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes continuous with caudal fin
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes other (see diagnosis)

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  suppressed/absent
Position    absent
Spines     0
Soft-rays   0 - 0
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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