Scientists discovered three new species of eels!

Scientists discovered three new species of eels!

Scientists have discovered three new species of eel along the northern Bay of Bengal coast in the past few months. Dark brown with white dots on the dorsal side, Gymnothorax pseudotile was discovered at the Digha coast of the Bay of Bengal. The other two species, Gymnothorax visakhaensis and Enchelycore propinqua were discovered from the Visakhapatnam coast of the Bay of Bengal. While Gymnothorax pseudotile is about 1 feet to 1.5 feet long, Gymnothorax visakhaensis is about a foot long. Enchelycore propinqua is the smallest of them measuring less than a foot. Anil Mohapatra, a Zoological Survey of India ( ZSI) scientist was behind all the three discoveries. The specimens of the first two species can be found upon a considerable search, the third one is relatively rare. Eels are found mostly at the bottom of rivers and seas. Across the world, about 1,000 species of eels have been identified. In India, the number is around 125. For species belonging to the family Muraenidae, referred commonly as Moray eels, there are records of about 200 species of which more than 30 species are found in India. The examples of Gymnothorax pseudotile were gathered in a trawl net by anglers in the northern Bay of Bengal and were assembled by scientists from the Shankarpur angling harbor, Digha, West Bengal. The specimens of Gymnothorax visakhaensis and Enchelycore propinqua were collected from the Visakhapatnam fishing harbour. The newly discovered species are not consumed by people at this moment but with declining marine and freshwater fish resources in the country, the species can be used for food in the future. Gymnothorax pseudotile is a beautiful species and can be used as an ornamental species for the aquarium.

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