|Scientific Name:||Anguilla bicolor|
|Species Authority:||McClelland, 1844|
Anguilla amblodon Günther, 1867
Anguilla bleekeri Kaup, 1856
Anguilla cantori Kaup, 1856
Anguilla dussumieri Kaup, 1856
Anguilla foochowensis Chu and Yin, 1984
Anguilla malabarica Kaup, 1856
Anguilla moa Bleeker, 1849
Anguilla mowa Bleeker, 1853
Anguilla sidat Bleeker, 1853
Anguilla spengeli Weber, 1912
Muraena halmaherensis Bleeker, 1856
Muraena virescens Peters, 1852
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species of shortfin eel has two subspecies -- Anguilla bicolor bicolor is found in coast of Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, northwestern Australia and greater Sundaland, while Anguilla bicolor pacifica includes the coast of China, Viet Nam, Philippines and islands of Borneo, Sulawesi Island and New guinea.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Rema Devi, K.R., Daniel, B.A., Arunachalam, M., Dahanukar, N. & Molur, S.|
Since Anguilla bicolor is widespread and the quality of threat affecting its population remains unknown, it is assessed as Least Concern.
The species is known to inhabit tropical and subtropical regions of the world between 22⁰N- 27⁰S. It has so far not been reported from eastern Himalaya, though its congener (Anguilla bengalensis) has been reported from Nepal.
Native:Australia (Western Australia); Bangladesh; India; Indonesia (Lesser Sunda Is.); Myanmar; Nepal; Sri Lanka
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|Population:||In studies conducted at southern Sri Lanka the species was stated to be fairly uniform as reflected in the catch per unit effort.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
Most of life is subsequently spent in lakes, streams and rivers but as the maturity approaches the adults migrate seaward to spawn. The eels spawn in deep tropical/subtropical oceans. The larvae are transported and dispersed by ocean currents which metamorphose into glass eels. These glass eels/elvers in estuaries migrate to freshwater and these juveniles/yellow fin eels (non migratory) grows to silver form (migratory). The silver form migrates to sea for spawning before they die.
|Major Threat(s):||The adult individuals migrating back to sea for spawning are the most difficult phase of its life as they are vulnerable to fishing. The migratory routes cease to exist due to multiple impoundments in small streams and rivers.|
Several species are cultured artificially in Asia and Europe. This species is also raised commercially in Philippines for economic purposes.
|Citation:||Chaudhry, S. 2010. Anguilla bicolor. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 04 December 2013.|
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