Anguilla bicolor   Mcclelland,  1844 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Shao, K.T.

Size:12.3 cm TL

Color: Light brownish blue on back and sides becoming pale yellowish below.

Head 7.2, depth of body 17, both in total length. Eye diameter 11.7 in head and about 1.9 in snout. Snout 6.5 in head. Head and trunk 1.3 in tail. Head twice in trunk. Distance between origin of dorsal fin and anal fin thrice in head. Gape of mouth extending well beyond eye. Pectoral fin thrice in head. Many rows of small teeth in a continuous band on intermaxillary and maxillary, tapering posteriorly. Band of teeth on mandibles tapering behind. an elongate band of teeth on vomer.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Anguilla bicolor Day, 1878
Anguilla bicolor McClelland, 1844
Anguilla bicolor Talwar and Jhingran, 1991
Anguilla malgumora Kaup, 1856
Anguilla moa Bleeker, 1853
Anguilla mowa Bleeker, 1853
Muraena moa Bleeker, 1862
Anguilla pacifica Schmidt, 1928
Anguilla bicolor McClelland, 1845
Anguilla australis Weber and de Beaufort, 1916
Anguilla bicolor bicolor Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
• Valuveng
• Level Finned Eel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Trophic Level:  Secondary consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans, molluscs, small fishes


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Orissa, Ekakula INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Mohana (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pullamadam Creek INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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