Southern shortfin eel

  • image of shortfinned eel-Fish identification
    Southern shortfin eel
Scientific name

Anguilla australis

Other names


Frequent misidentifications

Longfin eel, pacific shortfin eel


Snake-like body with a small head, jaws reaching below the rear of the eye or beyond. Body colouration; Golden to olive green overall, becoming paler towards the belly, with greenish fins

  • common length - 50cm
  • maximum length - 90cm
Size and possession limits
  • size limit - 30cm
  • possession limit - 10 combined for all eel species
Features that distinguish Southern Shortfin eel from Pacific shortfin eel

Located only in south east Queensland


  • 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 08 November 2010