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Longfin eel

  • Longfinned eel
    Longfinned eel
Scientific name

Anguilla reinhardtii

Frequent misidentifications

Other eel species


Snake-like body with a small head, jaws reaching well past the eye. Body colouration; distinctive dark blotching on an olive or brownish background.


Common in flowing freshwater streams, lakes and swamps on the entire east coast of Australia.

  • commonly caught at 60cm
  • maximum size 150cm
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size - 30cm
  • combined possession limit - 10 all eel species


  • Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 1997, Fish Guide. Saltwater, Freshwater and Noxious Species. The Great Outdoors Publications, Brisbane
  • FishBase - A global information system on fishes
  • Fisheries Act 1994 and Fisheries Regulation 2008
  • Grant, EM, 1997, Grant's Guide To Fishes. EM Grant Pty Limited, Brisbane
  • Merrick, JR and Schmida GE, 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes: Biology and Management. Griffin Press Limited, South Australia
  • Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H., and Allen, M. Freshwater fishes of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Victoria.
  • Schmida, G. Freshwater Fishes. Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd., Queensland.

Further information

Last updated 28 January 2016