Story: Eels

Shortfin eels

Shortfin eels

Shortfin eels are found in New Zealand, Australia and throughout the South Pacific. They are usually olive green, but lighter on the underbelly – hence the colloquial name, silverbellies. They live mainly in lowland waterways and generally do not go as far upriver as the longfin eel.

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Paddy Ryan, 'Eels - Overview: features and distribution', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 24 Sep 2007