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Pacific Hagfish Eptatretus stoutii
2009-01-20 20:31:33

The Pacific Hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii) also known as the Slime Eel, is a species of hagfish that is found in the mesopelagic (600 to 3000 feet deep) to abyssal (13,000 to 21,000 feet deep) Pacific ocean, near the ocean floor. In many parts of the world, including the USA, hagfish-skin clothing, belts, and other accessories are advertised and sold as "yuppie leather" or "eel-skin". Hagfish,...

Pelican eel
2007-06-24 18:16:28

The Pelican eel or Gulper eel, discovered by Kyle Briggins, is a deep-sea fish rarely seen by humans, though the creatures are occasionally snagged in fishermen's nets. It is an eel-like fish, the only member of the genus Eurypharynx and the family Eurypharyngidae. It belongs to the order Saccopharyngiformes which is closely related to the true eels in Anguilliformes. The Pelican eel's most...

Swollen-headed conger eel
2007-04-05 00:14:31

The Swollen-headed conger eel, Bassanago bulbiceps, is a conger of the family Congridae, found on the soft bottom of the continental slopes around southern Australia and New Zealand. Its length is between 15.75 and 23.62 in (40 and 60 cm). As its common name implies, the swollen-headed conger eel's head is swollen, especially when viewed from above, and this is the main distinguishing...

American eel
2007-02-21 15:11:58

The American eel, Anguilla rostrata, is a catadromous fish found on the eastern coast of North America. It has a snake-like body with a small sharp pointed head. It is brown on top and a tan-yellow color on the bottom. It has sharp pointed teeth but no pelvic fins. The female American eel spawns in salt water, and it takes 9 to 10 weeks for the eggs to hatch. After hatching, young eels move...

Speckled longfin eel
2007-02-21 15:10:33

The speckled longfin eel or Australian longfin eel, Anguilla reinhardtii, is one of 15 species of eel in the family Anguillidae. A native of New Guinea, eastern Australia, including Tasmania, Lord Howe Island, and New Caledonia, specimens have recently been found in New Zealand. This was confirmed in 1997 using vertebral counts and DNA markers from eels caught in the Waikato River. Although...

Marbled eel
2007-02-21 12:35:41

The marbled eel, also known as the giant mottled eel, is a species of eel that is found in the Indo-Pacific and African region. Distribution It can be found from East Africa to French Polynesia north to southern Japan. In Africa, the eel may be found within Mozambique and the lower Zambezi River. The marbled eel has the widest distribution out of all the other Anguilla eels. It is usually...

Short-finned eel
2007-02-21 12:29:50

The short-finned eel, Anguilla australis, is one of the 15 species of eel in the family Anguillidae. It is native to the lakes, dams and coastal rivers of south-eastern Australia, New Zealand, and much of the South Pacific, including New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, Tahiti, and Fiji. The body is long and snakelike, roughly tubular and the head is small, with the jaws reaching...

European eel
2007-02-21 12:24:55

The European eel, Anguilla anguilla, is a snake-like fish that lives in fresh water and breeds in the sea. It can reach in exceptional cases a length of 4.92 ft (1.5 m), but is normally much smaller, about 2.3 ft (70 cm), and rarely more than 3.28 ft (1 m). They are generally believed to spawn in the Sargasso Sea and the larvae (Leptocephalus) migrate towards Europe in a three-year-long...