Longfinned eel

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Anguilla reinhardti

The longfinned eel is part of the catadromous species, large snake-like fish that grows up to 200cm. It has a distinctive mottled or marbled colouration. Undertakes once off adult migrations of ~5,000km to deep Coral Sea spawning sites. Very capable coloniser of upstream habitats including low-order streams. Widely distributed through the Burdekin region. Historically occurred in all major river systems but is now commonly found in the Upper Burdekin catchment since the construction of the Burdekin Falls Dam. Still found in all other catchments.


Much of the information about fish species and their distribution in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region presented throughout this Wiki is based on the work of Pusey (2005). The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) also provided access to their Northern Australian Fish (NAF) database (in press), which contains the most current available fish survey data for tropical Australia. Allan Webb also from ACTFR provided information of the expanding list of exotic fish species recorded from the immediate Townsville region principally the Ross River. Additional information about species distribution is the authors experience (principally Jim Tait) and knowledge of the region. Descriptions of species are based on Allen et. al. (2002) and Pusey et. al (2004) with additional detail and comments by the authors of the Fish Passage Study.

Fish illustrations and mapping by Jason Carter. Illustrations have been drawn from specimens and photographs and after other illustrations, in particular Swainston and Ruse (in Allen 1997) and Pusey (in Pusey et. al. 2004)


  • Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (in press) Northern Australia Fish (NAF) database.
  • Pusey, B. Kennard, M Arthington, A (2004) Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia,CSIRO Publishing. (Available from http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/3922.htm)

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