Neenchelys buitendijki   Weber and de Beaufort,  1916 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Government of India

Size: 30.0 cm.

Color: Body yellowish pink, with brown pigmented spots on dorsal surface of the body. Fins generally whitish in color bu the posterior end of dorsal and anal fins as well as the caudal fin blackish.

Body snake-like, moderately elongate, compressed posteriorly; depth 19-21 in total length; 2.4-2.6 in head length. Head 8 in total length. Teeth in jaws conical, uniserial. Dorsal and anal fins low; tip of tail flexible. Pectoral fin moderately developed; 4-4.5 in length of head. Gill openings vertical, slightly shorter than eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Neenchelys buitendijki Weber and de Beaufort, 1916
Neenchelys buitendijki Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Neenchelys buitendijki Weber & de Beaufort, 1916
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Spotted Worm Eel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Muddy, Coastal


• West Bengal, Kakdwip INDIA (Record: 09/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA
• Maharashtra, Sasoon Dock INDIA
• Maharashtra, Versova INDIA
• West Bengal, Sibganj INDIA (Record: 31/03/1989)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Mukherjee, P (1995) Intertidal fishes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 345-388 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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  • Sarkar, SK and Bhattacharya, AK (2003) Conservation of biodiversity of the coastal resources of Sundarbans, Northeast India: an integrated approach through environmental education Marine Pollution Bulletin Elsevier 47(1-6) 260-264 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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