Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered a new marine species of eel along the coast of Digha in Purba Medinipur district, West Bengal.
Scientific name – Gymnothorax mishrai
Proposed name – Bengal moray eel
- The specimen was collected from fishing boats at a fish-landing centre located at Shankarpur, West Bengal. Bengal moray eel was collected from a depth of about 22 metres.
Fetures of Gymnothorax mishrai
- It is 4 cm long, brown in colour and the body is without any patterns.
- The fish is also edible like other eel species that are mainly consumed in India, is limited to the coastal areas.
- This species of moray eel has 134 vertebral bones which is less than 150.
- This particular species is categorised among short, brown, patterned moray eels.
What are Eels?
Eels are snake-like fishes with fins and gills, found mostly at bottom of rivers and seas. There are 800 species of eels found across the world and India is home to 150-200 of these fish species.
- Two years ago, scientists had discovered new species of edible marine fish Haplogenys bengalensis, from the same area which indicates the rich marine biodiversity of the coastal region.
Species Journal – Zootaxa
West Bengal Capital – Kolkata