ZSI Scientists discovered a new eel species named Bengal moray eel

Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have a discovered a new species of eel named Bengal moray eel (Gymnothorax mishrai) along the coast of Digha in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal.

The Eels are mainly snake-like fishes with fins and gills and are mostly found at bottom of rivers and seas.

About Bengal moray eel

  • Bengal moray eel species is a marine fish species. It is 32.4 cm long and brown in colour. Their body does not have any patterns.
  • This species belonging to moray eel has 134 vertebral bones and has been categorised among the short, brown, patterned moray eels.
  • The fish is edible like other eel species that are mainly consumed in India is limited to the coastal areas.

There are around 800 species of eels species found across the world and India is home to 150-200 of these fish species.

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