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Anguilla australis (Shortfin eel)

Wikipedia Abstract

The short-finned eel (Anguilla australis), also known as the shortfin eel, is one of the 15 species of eel in the family Anguillidae. It is native to the lakes, dams and coastal rivers of south-eastern Australia, New Zealand, and much of the South Pacific, including New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, Tahiti, and Fiji.
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Adult Weight [1]  9.04 lbs (4.10 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  32 years
Migration [2]  Catadromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Awarua Wetland 49421 South Island, New Zealand      
Hattah-Kulkyne NP and Murray-Kulkyne Park National Park II 122831 Victoria, Australia
Lavinia Nature Reserve State Reserve II 17390 Tasmania, Australia    

Prey / Diet

Austridotea annectens[4]
Austrolestes colensonis (Blue Damselfly)[5]
Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[5]
Carassius auratus (Goldfish)[6]
Chironomus zealandicus[4]
Galaxias maculatus (Whitebait)[6]
Gambusia affinis (Live-bearing tooth-carp)[5]
Gobiomorphus cotidianus (Common bully)[4]
Gressittius antarcticus[5]
Nymphula nitens[5]
Oecetis unicolor[5]
Paracalliope fluviatilis[4]
Paracorophium excavatum[4]
Paratya curvirostris[6]
Physella acuta (European physa)[5]
Porcellio scaber (Sow bug)[5]
Potamopyrgus antipodarum (New Zealand mud snail)[7]
Procordulia grayi (Yellow Spotted Dragonfly)[8]
Retropinna retropinna (Smelt)[4]
Rhantus suturalis[5]
Scolecolepides benhami[5]
Sigara arguta (Water boatman)[6]
Tenagomysis chiltoni[4]
Triplectides cephalotes[5]
Xanthocnemis zealandica (Common Redcoat Damselfy)[8]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Anguilla dieffenbachii (Longfinned eel)3
Gambusia affinis (Live-bearing tooth-carp)2
Gobiomorphus cotidianus (Common bully)2
Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican)1
Retropinna retropinna (Smelt)1


Anguilla reinhardtii (Australian longfinned eel)[5]


Parasite of 
Gyrodactylus anguillae[5]
Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (freshwater white spot disease)[5]


Parasitized by 
Anguillicola novaezelandiae[9]
Eimeria anguillae <Unverified Name>[10]
Gyrodactylus anguillae[9]
Hedruris spinigera[9]
Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (freshwater white spot disease)[10]
Myxidium durum <Unverified Name>[10]
Myxidium giardi <Unverified Name>[10]
Paracardicoloides yamagutii[9]
Stegodexamene anguillae <Unverified Name>[9]
Telogaster opisthorchis[9]
Tetracerasta blepta <Unverified Name>[10]
Tricotyledonia genypteri[9]
Trypanosoma granulosum <Unverified Name>[10]
Tubulovesicula angusticauda[9]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Healesville Sanctuary
Melbourne Museum
Wellington Zoo Trustschmidtii




Attributes / relations provided by 1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774 2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at 3Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495. 4Seasonal and size-related changes in the food of the short-finned eel, Anguilla australis in Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury, New Zealand, Patrick A. Ryan, Environmental Biology of Fishes Vol. I5, No. 1, pp. 47-58, 1986 5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 6Relationship between turbidity and fish diets in Lakes Waahi and Whangape, New Zealand, John W. Hayes & Martin J. Rutledge, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 25:3, 297-304 7Donald J. Jellyman (1989): Diet of two species of freshwater eel (Anguilla spp.) in Lake Pounui, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 23:1, 1-10 8Diet of two species of freshwater eel (Anguilla spp.) in Lake Pounui, New Zealand, Donald J. Jellyman, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1989, Vol. 23: 1-10 9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London 10Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
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