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Genus: Anguilla, Freshwater Eels

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lower jaw projecting
thick lips
D origin well behind pectorals
adult - small, embedded scales
teeth - minute, in bands
large pectorals
LL complete





With a robust body, compressed at rear; mouth reaching to under rear edge of eye, lower jaw projecting; lips thick; teeth minute, in bands on jaws and front of roof of mouth; with large pectoral fins; dorsal fin origin well behind large pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins continuous with tail fin; lateral line complete but pores very small; small imbedded scales arranged in basket-weave pattern present in adults but not juveniles.

One genus with about 19 species; worldwide (except without a resident population in the eastern Pacific) in tropical to temperate waters.

Adults live in fresh to brackish water, migrate long distances to spawning grounds in deep gyres in the open ocean; larvae are marine.