Orange eel

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Orange eel
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Myrocongridae
Genus: Myroconger
M. nigrodentatus
Binomial name
Myroconger nigrodentatus
Castle & Béarez, 1995

The orange eel (Myroconger nigrodentatus) is an eel in the family Myrocongridae (thin eels).[1] It was described by Peter Henry John Castle and Philippe Béarez in 1995.[2] It is a tropical, marine eel known from the Pacific Ocean near Costa Rica and Ecuador.[1][3] It dwells at a depth range of 50–250 m. Females are known to reach a maximum total length of 36.6 cm.[1]

The species epithet refers to the dark brown or black pigment of the internal jaw.[1] Despite limited known distribution, the IUCN redlist currently lists the orange eel as Least Concern, due to the possibility of a wider distribution, observations that the species is not rare, and a lack of known threats.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Myroconger nigrodentatus at
  2. ^ Castle, P.H.J. and P. Béarez, 1995. Two new species of Myroconger (Anguilliformes, Myrocongridae) from the Pacific Ocean. Cybium 19(3):211-222.
  3. ^ a b Myroconger nigrodentatus at the IUCN redlist.