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Two new species of marine eel were discovered and documented by Estuarine Biology Regional Centre (EBRC) of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) at Gopalpur-on-sea in Odisha.

New Species

‘Gymnothorax andamanensesis’

  • It is a short brown un-patterned moray eel.
  • Two specimens of this eel were caught at 2-metre deep waters in the south Andaman coast.
  • Till now, 10 species of short brown unpatterned moray eels have been discovered in the world, out of which two were found in Indian waters.
  • With this new discovery, the number of short brown un-patterned moray eels discovered from the Indian coast has increased to three.

‘Gymnothorax smithi’

  • It is a white-spotted moray eel.
  • Its first specimen was found from the 200-metres deep waters of the Arabian Sea in 2011.
  • Recently, a few more specimens of this undiscovered species were collected from the southeastern Arabian Sea, off the Kerala coast.

Marine Eels

  • They are mostly found in shallow waters but some of them live offshore in sandy or clayey bottoms ranging up to 500 metres.
  • Till now, 49 species of moray eel from 10 genera had been reported from Indian waters, and their species numbers have increased to 50 with the new addition.
[Source: The Hindu]

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