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Eel
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Anguilla rostrata
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Anguilliformes
Families

Many; see text

An eel is any of the fishes in the order Anguilliformes.

The flat and transparent larva of the eel is called a leptocephalus. A young eel is called an elver.

Freshwater eels (unagi) and marine eels (Conger eel, anago) are commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Eels are used in Cantonese and Shanghai cuisine too. The European eel and other freshwater eels are eaten in Europe, the United States, and other places around the world. A traditional London food is jellied eels.

Spiny eels and halosaurs of the order Notacanthiformes are also very eel-like. These deep-diving fish were in the past considered a sub-order of the Albuliformes.

Electric eels are not true eels. They are more closely related to catfish.

Uniquely in Europe, hand netting is the only legal way of catching eels in England, and has been practiced for thousands of years on the River Parrett and River Severn.

The Anguilliformes (true eels) are an order of bony fishes.

Juvenile
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Juvenile American eels

Classification


See also:

de:Aal fr:Anguille ja:ウナギ nl:paling sv:l pt:Enguia he:צלופח

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