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Anguilla rostrata
(american eel)



Anguilla rostrata (american eel)


  • Last modified
  • 19 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Natural Enemy
  • Host Animal
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Anguilla rostrata
  • Preferred Common Name
  • american eel
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Chordata
  •       Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •         Class: Actinopterygii
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Anguilla rostrata (Lesueur, 1817)

Preferred Common Name

  • american eel

Other Scientific Names

  • Muraena rostrata Lesueur, 1817

International Common Names

  • English: common eel; eel; elver (joven); freshwater eel; silver eel
  • Spanish: anguila; anguila americana
  • French: anguille; anguille américaine; anguille d'Amérique
  • Russian: amerikanskiy ugor'

Local Common Names

  • Brazil: enguia
  • Denmark: amerikansk ferskvandsål
  • Finland: amerikanankerias
  • Germany: Aal; Amerikanischer Aal
  • Italy: anguilla americana
  • Netherlands: amerikaanse aal
  • Netherlands Antilles: aal; paling
  • Poland: moringa cetkowana; wegorz amerykanski
  • Portugal: enguia-americana
  • Sweden: amerikansk ål

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Chordata
  •             Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •                 Class: Actinopterygii
  •                     Order: Anguilliformes
  •                         Family: Anguillidae
  •                             Genus: Anguilla
  •                                 Species: Anguilla rostrata

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


TaiwanPresentCABI Data Mining (2001)

North America

ArubaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
BahamasPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
BarbadosPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
BelizePresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
BermudaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
CanadaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
-Newfoundland and LabradorPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
-Nova ScotiaPresentCABI Data Mining (2001)
-QuebecPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Costa RicaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
CubaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
CuraçaoPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Dominican RepublicPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
GreenlandPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
GuatemalaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
HaitiPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
HondurasPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
JamaicaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
MartiniquePresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
MexicoPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
NicaraguaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
PanamaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Puerto RicoPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Saint Pierre and MiquelonPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Trinidad and TobagoPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Turks and Caicos IslandsPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
U.S. Virgin IslandsPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
United StatesPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
-MassachusettsPresentCABI Data Mining (2001)
-New HampshirePresentCABI Data Mining (2001)
-South CarolinaPresentCABI Data Mining (2001)

Sea Areas

Atlantic - NorthwestPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Atlantic - SouthwestPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
Atlantic - Western CentralPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)

South America

ColombiaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
GuyanaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)
VenezuelaPresentNativeFroese and Pauly (2004)

Natural enemy of

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SpeciesStages attackedCountries where known to occurReferences
Callinectes sapidusAdult/FryHill et al., 1989
Homarus americanusAdult/FryAnonymous, 1996
Ictalurus punctatusAll Stages
Lepomis gibbosusAll Stages


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Froese R; Pauly D, 2004. FishBase DVD. Penang, Malaysia: Worldfish Center. Online at

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, 2001. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

Froese R, Pauly D, 2004. FishBase.

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