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Long-fin Eel

Scientific Name: Anguilla reinhardtii

Description: Like the Short-fin Eel, the Long-fin Eel has a complex life cycle that stretches from Barwon Heads to the Coral Sea after many years maturing in inland waterways. Mature eels spawn in the Coral sea and the resulting larvae are carried southwards on ocean currents before they begin their journeys upstream.

The Long-fin Eel also looks very similar to the Short-fin Eel but can usually be distinguished by having a heavily spotted or blotched body and by its fin arrangements.

Eels are an important cultural species for Wadawurrung people and other Traditional Owners across western Victoria.

Type: Bony Fish
Where to find: Estuary
Size: 300cm