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European eel   (Anguilla anguilla)
Category: Fish

 

 

The European eel has historically been an important source of food as both adults (the famous “jellied eel” of East London) and as larvae (glass eels). European eels can apparently live a very long time in captivity – one captive eel in Sweden was purported to have been alive 155 years!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_eel

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Anguilliformes
Family - Anguillidae
Genus - Anguilla
Species - A. anguilla

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Undersea Conversations…

While it isn’t obvious, fish have ears, and are able to communicate to one another through sounds. They don’t have vocal chords, but instead vibrate their swim bladders, producing popping, grunting, moaning, barking, or chirping noises. While some species of fish, like the goldfish, are silent listeners, there are over 1000 species that are known to vocalize, and some, like the gurnard who are veritable chatterboxes. While we can’t have a conversation with them - at least not yet - it is theorized that they do it to attract mates, frighten away predators or competitors, to synchronize mating, call for help and warn others, or to orient themselves.

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