Scientists have discovered a new eel species, a snake-like fish, in the northern Bay of Bengal area near the West Bengal coast.
The scientific name of the eel is Gymnothorax indicus, which is slender-bodied, around one feet-long and is edible.
The new species was discovered after it was collected in a trawl net by fishermen in northern Bay of Bengal, about 70 km off the coast.
The scientists at Sankarpur fishing harbor in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district studied the snake-like fish.
The scientists have proposed that it should be named as Indian unpatterened moray.
The scientist said that the eel has 194 vertebrae and it’s dorsal fin has a black margin.
About the Eel Species:
Eels are found mostly at the bottom of rivers and seas. This species was found at a depth of 35 meters in the sea.
Globally, about 1,000 species of eels have been identified and in India the number is around 125.
Though considered a delicacy in many countries like Japan, the consumption of eels in India is limited to coastal areas.
Furthermore, scientists believe that these newly discovered species may contribute to food security in the future.
Over the past few years, West Bengal’s Digha coastline and the adjoining areas of Bay of Bengal have yielded two new species of fish indicating the rich marine biodiversity of the coastal region.
In addition, a short brown unpatterned moray eel, named Gymnothorax mishrai (Bengal moray eel), was discovered here last year.