Anguilla bengalensis labiata

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African mottled eel
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Anguillidae
Genus: Anguilla
A. b. labiata
Trinomial name
Anguilla bengalensis labiata

Anguilla bengalensis labiata, the African mottled eel, is a subspecies of eel in the genus Anguilla of the family Anguillidae.

Showing the typical characteristics of the Anguillidae, this species grows to 1.75 m and as much as 20 kg. The adult diet consists of crabs, frogs, and insects, as well as fish.[1] It is found in east Africa: Lake Kariba, middle Zambezi, Pungwe, and Buzi systems, Upper and Lower Save/Rhunde system, Umzingwani and Limpopo Rivers. The dorsal side of the fish is mottled yellow olive, the ventral surface lighter; adults are less obviously mottled than the juveniles.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). Anguilla bengalensis labiata in FishBase. 05 2006 version.
  2. ^ "Species Fact File: African Mottled Eel (Anguilla bengalensis labiata)". The Zimbabwe Fisherman On-line. Archived from the original on 2006-05-18.