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Anguilla obscura Günther, 1872
PACIFIC SHORTFIN EEL
Pacific Short-finned Eel; Pacific Shortfinned Eel; South Pacific Eel; Anguilla marginipinnis Macleay, 1883

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Anguilla obscura Günther , 1872

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Teleostei (teleosts) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Anguillidae (Freshwater eels)
Etymology: Anguilla: Latin, anguilla, .-ae = eel (Ref. 45335 ) .
More on author: Günther .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; catadromous (Ref. 51243 ); depth range ? - 3000 m (Ref. 86942 ). Tropical; 2°N - 27°S

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Pacific Ocean: western New Guinea and Queensland, Australia to the Society Islands. A single specimen was recorded from a tributary of the Buffalo River, near King William's Town in South Africa (Ref. 3506 ), but this is questionable.

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Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 110 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259 ); common length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae : 102 - 108. Belongs to the group of anguillas which have a short dorsal fin which originates slightly before the anus (Ref. 48622 ). Most closely resembles Anguilla australis and A. bicolor , from which it can be distinguished with certainty only by the number of vertebrae. Also Ref. 2847.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits freshwater streams, lakes and swamps, favouring coastal lagoons and the lower reaches of rivers. Spawning adults occur in marine waters. Sub-adults spend most of their lives in fresh or brackish waters (Ref. 44894 ). Found in large turbid rivers and small creeks (Ref. 2847 ). Occurs both in running and stagnant waters (Ref. 12790 ). Feeds mainly on fishes, crustaceans and mollusks.

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Allen, G.R. , 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 130435 )

  Data deficient (DD)  ; Date assessed: 05 November 2018

CITES

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Fisheries: subsistence fisheries FAO - Publication: search | FishSource |

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Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201 ): 3.6 - 10.2, mean 4.8 °C (based on 263 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804 ):  PD 50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00050 (0.00030 - 0.00083), b=3.15 (3.01 - 3.29), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic level (Ref. 69278 ):  4.5   ±0.80 se; based on food items. Resilience (Ref. 120179 ):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  High to very high vulnerability (66 of 100). Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   Unknown .

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