Dysomma anguillare

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Dysomma anguillare
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Synaphobranchidae
Genus: Dysomma
D. anguillare
Binomial name
Dysomma anguillare
Barnard, 1923
  • Dysomma anguillaris Barnard, 1923
  • Dysomma zanzibarensis Norman, 1939

Dysomma anguillare, the shortbelly eel, stout moray, mustard eel or arrowtooth eel,[2] is an eel in the family Synaphobranchidae (cutthroat eels).[3] It was described by Keppel Harcourt Barnard in 1923.[4] It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from the western Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Western Pacific, including the United States, Venezuela, South Africa, Zanzibar, and Japan. It lives at a depth range of 30 to 270 metres (98 to 886 ft), and inhabits muddy sediments in coastal waters and large rivermouths. Males can reach a maximum total length of 52 centimetres (20 in).[3]

The shortbelly eel is of no commercial interest to fisheries.[3]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Dysomma anguillare at www.fishbase.org.
  2. ^ Common names of Dysomma anguillare at www.fishbase.org.
  3. ^ a b c Dysomma anguillare at www.fishbase.org.
  4. ^ Barnard, K. H., 1923 (Sept.) [ref. 191] Diagnoses of new species of marine fishes from South African waters. Annals of the South African Museum v. 13 (pt 8, no. 14): 439-445.