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An eel is an aquatic animal belonging to the order Anguilliformes (/æŋˌɡwɪlɪˈfɔːrmz/), which consists of four suborders, 20 families, 111 genera and about 800 species. Eels undergo considerable development from the early larval stage to the eventual adult stage, and most are predators. The term “eel” originally referred to the European eel, and the name of the genus means “European-eel-shaped.”

The term “eel” is also used for some other eel-shaped fish, such as electric eels (genus Electrophorus), spiny eels (family Mastacembelidae), and deep-sea spiny eels (family Notacanthidae). These other clades, however, evolved their eellike shapes independently from the true eels.

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