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post #1 of 16 Old 05-04-2010, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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What type of Eel is this

I was shrimping with my dad and saw this green snake moving in the seaweed near the shore, so I swooped it up in the net and realized it was an eel. I have no idea what kind of an eel this is, but it's beautiful and I would love it if someone could tell me.





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post #2 of 16 Old 05-04-2010, 07:25 PM
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Welcome to TFK, Psycroptic. It's really hard for me to make out anything from that pic, as far as details. What waters did you find him in?

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Welcome to TFK, Psycroptic. It's really hard for me to make out anything from that pic, as far as details. What waters did you find him in?
I found him in the Indian River Lagoon, sorry about the picture quality... He was greenish with light tan spots going down his sides, also had a whitish stomach, and tan fin going down his back. The Indian River Lagoon is close to the Sebastian Inlet so it might have came from there. Hope this information helps, thanks for your reply.

http://crca.caloosahatchee.org/img/seagrassshoals.jpg Heres an image I found of where I went shrimping, we were right in the green patch in the right corner.

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OMG, that area is gorgeous! I've googled every term I can think of, for example, combining the indigenous species of eels in that area along with color description...no luck so far.

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OMG, that area is gorgeous! I've googled every term I can think of, for example, combining the indigenous species of eels in that area along with color description...no luck so far.
Me too, the only thing that looked kind of familar was the Speckled Worm Eel
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Is that eel indigenous to the area? If not, maybe someone released from their home tank? Just thinking of possibilties..

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post #7 of 16 Old 05-04-2010, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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It said Brazil and it also said they don't sell those Eels for aquariums, can't beleive this Eel is so hard to find.

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Is that eel indigenous to the area? If not, maybe someone released from their home tank? Just thinking of possibilties..
This site lists all the Eels and species in the Indian River Lagoon, it also listed the Eel I mentioned so maybe that was it.

http://www.sms.si.edu/irLspec/Cl_Osteic.htm
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Good find and a good read. It seems you identified your eel! Did you notice some of the non-native species on the list? Jack Dempsey, platy, guppy, swordtail, red-bellied pacu...

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post #10 of 16 Old 05-05-2010, 09:14 AM
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you going to keep the eel?

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