- Scientists have discovered three new species of eel along the northern Bay of Bengal coast in the past few months.
- Dark brown with white dots on the dorsal side, Gymnothorax pseudotile was discovered at the Digha coast of the Bay of Bengal.
- The other two species,Gymnothorax visakhaensis (uniformly brown) and Enchelycore propinqua (reddish brown body mottled with irregular creamy white spots), were discovered from the Visakhapatnam coast of the Bay of Bengal.
- Eels are found mostly at the bottom of rivers and seas. Across the world about 1,000 species of eels have been identified.
- In India, the number is around 125. For species belonging to the family Muraenidae , referred commonly as Moray eels, there are records of about 200 species of which more than 30 species are found in India.
Five new species
- With these new discoveries, the Bay of Bengal coast has yielded at least five new species of eel.
- In 2016, Mr. Mohapatra and his team identified Gymnothorax indicus , an edible species.
- In 2015, a short brown unpatterned moray eel, named Gymnothorax mishrai(Bengal moray eel), was discovered from the coast of Bay of Bengal.
- The specimens of Gymnothorax pseudotile were collected in a trawl net by fishermen in the northern Bay of Bengal.