Moringua edwardsi

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Moringua edwardsi
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Moringuidae
Genus: Moringua
Species: M. edwardsi
Binomial name
Moringua edwardsi
(Jordan & Bollman, 1889)
  • Stilbiscus edwardsi Jordan & Bollman, 1889
  • Aphthalmichthys caribbeus Gill & Smith, 1900
  • Moringua caribbeus (Gill & Smith, 1900)
  • Leptocephalus diptychus Eigenmann & Kennedy, 1901
  • Mayerina mayeri Silvester, 1915
  • Aphthalmichthys mayeri (Silvester, 1915)
  • Moringua boekei Metzelaar, 1919
  • Moringua boeki Metzelaar, 1919
  • Anguillichthys bahamensis Mowbray, 1927
  • Stilbiscus bahamensis (Mowbray, 1927)
  • Merinthichthys sanchezi Howell Rivero, 1934

The common spaghetti eel,[2] (Moringua edwardsi) is an eel in the family Moringuidae (spaghetti/worm eels).[3] It was described by David Starr Jordan and Charles Harvey Bollman in 1889, originally under the genus Stilbiscus.[4] It is a subtropical, marine eel known from the western Atlantic Ocean, including Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Florida, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, British, and the Virgin Islands of the United States.[3][5] Males can reach a maximum total length of 15 cm, while females can reach a maximum of 50 cm.[3] The eels feed primarily off of burrowing invertebrates.[6]

Due to its wide distribution and lack of known threats, the IUCN redlist currently lists M. edwardsi as Least Concern.[5]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Moringua edwardsi at
  2. ^ Common names for Moringua edwardsi at
  3. ^ a b c Moringua edwardsi at
  4. ^ Jordan, D. S., and C. H. Bollman, 1889 (20 Sept.) [ref. 2432] List of fishes collected at Green Turtle Cay, in the Bahamas, by Charles L. Edwards, with descriptions of three new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 11 (no. 752): 549-553.
  5. ^ a b Moringua edwardsi at the IUCN redlist.
  6. ^ Food items reported for Moringua edwardsi at