Identification: Asian Swamp Eel is morphologically similar to two North American native fishes: American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) and lampreys (Ichthyomyzon, Lampetra, Lethenteron, or Petromyzon spp.). Asian Swamp Eels can be distinguished from American Eels by the presence/absence of pectoral fins (present in A. rostrata; absent in Monopterus sp.)..). Asian Swamp Eels may be distinguished. A species profile for Asian Swamp Eel from USDA, National Invasive Species Information Center.
Asian Swamp Eel (Monopterus albus) DESCRIPTION: Asian swamp eels are not true eels.Swamp eels have a scaleless, elongated body with a tapering tail and blunt snout. Their teeth appear like bristles and they have one V-shaped gill located beneath the head. Possession of live Asian swamp eels is prohibited under state law, and it is illegal to release a live Asian swamp eel into state waterways. LDWF is investigating how the eels were released into Bayou St. John. Over the years, similar Asian swamp eel species have been found in .
The Asian swamp eel is very predaceous making a threat to any new environment. However, not much is known about the effects Monopterus albus in North American waters but is has shown to be quite a problem in other countries where it is far more established. Identification: The Asian Swamp Eel has an elongated, snake-like body, with a blunt, rounded nose. It doesn't appear to have any fins, and it's slippery skin is darker green or brown on the top, growing lighter towards the eel's underbelly. It has rows of very mall teeth that appear more like.
Jun 27, 2019 · NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has confirmed that an invasive species of eel was found in Bayou St. John. The . It's still unknown how the eels were released into Bayou St. John. Possession of a live Asian swamp eel is illegal in Louisiana and it is illegal to release them into Louisiana water.