WoRMS taxon details

Anguilla mossambica (Peters, 1852)

217458  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:217458)

accepted
Species
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Not documented
Description Carnivorous, eats dead or living prey but esp. fish and crabs. Elvers ascend rivers mainly at night and overcome waterfalls...  
Description Carnivorous, eats dead or living prey but esp. fish and crabs. Elvers ascend rivers mainly at night and overcome waterfalls and walls of dams with great determination. Adults usually sedentary. After feeding in fresh water for ten years or more, adults assume a silver breeding dress, the eyes become enlarged and they return to sea to breed. Flesh fatty but highly esteemed as smoked or jellied eel (Ref. 5214). Caught with various types of nets (Ref. 4967). [details]
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2018). FishBase. Anguilla mossambica (Peters, 1852). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=217458 on 2018-11-21
Date
action
by
1997-02-24 18:26:33Z
created
2008-01-15 17:27:08Z
changed

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basis of record Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2018). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien  Containing type locality 
 

From other sources
Description Carnivorous, eats dead or living prey but esp. fish and crabs. Elvers ascend rivers mainly at night and overcome waterfalls and walls of dams with great determination. Adults usually sedentary. After feeding in fresh water for ten years or more, adults assume a silver breeding dress, the eyes become enlarged and they return to sea to breed. Flesh fatty but highly esteemed as smoked or jellied eel (Ref. 5214). Caught with various types of nets (Ref. 4967). [details]
 

LanguageName 
English African longfin eel  [details]