Anguilla elphinstonei   Sykes  1839 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 120 cm.

Color: Dark green with more or less distinct darker marmorations. Vertical fins often with a light border.

Length of snout scarcely more than the breadth at its base. Tail 1/3 of its length, longer than head and trunk. Vomerine teeth in an elongate quadratic patch with somewhat concave sides anteriorly, tapering rather abruptly posteriorly into a lancet-shaped peduncle, which ends before the maxillary band of teeth. This last tapers posteriorly and is formed by one row of large teeth, with on its outer side a row of smaller teeth and on its inner side an edentulous groove, which is bordered by an incomplete row of smaller teeth. The same occurs in the lower jaw.

Synonym (s)
Muraena maculata Hamilton Buchanan 1822
Muraena bengalensis Gray 1832
Anguilla elphinstonei Sykes 1841
Anguilla brevirostris McClelland 1845
Anguilla aracana McClelland
Anguilla nebulosa McClelland
Anguilla variegata McClelland
Anguilla nebulosa Bleeker 1853
Muraena maculata Day 1865
Anguilla bengalensis Gunther 1870
Anguilla bengalensis Day 1888
Anguilla elphinstonei Max Weber 1912
Anguilla bengalensis Boulenger 1915

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1916)

Literature Source(s)
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1916) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A.J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 3 455 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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