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Asian Swamp Eel

Asian Swamp EelScientific name: Monopterus albus (Zuiew, 1793)

Common names: Asian swamp eel, rice eel

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Native To: Asia (Prok 2000)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Early 1900s (HI); Mid-1990s (Continental U.S.) (Fuller et al. 2012; Prok 2000)

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Means of Introduction: Imported as a food source and for the aquarium trade (Prok 2000)

Impact: Competes with native species (Prok 2000)

Current U.S. Distribution: FL, GA, HI (NAS Database map)

Management Plans: Aquatic Species

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Governent

Asian Swamp Eel
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Asian Swamp Eel Invasion Increases in Southeast - ANS Digest (Nov 2000; PDF | 380 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Identification/Description; Illustration; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Dispersion; Controls; Special Note: Contacts for additional information

Monopterus albus
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Asian Swamp Eel - Monopterus albus - Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program (PDF | 381 KB)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Monopterus albus Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

USGS Scientists Find New Population of Asian Swamp Eels in South Florida (Mar 3, 2000)
DOI. United States Geological Survey.
Introduction History; Special Note: Press releases regarding new population findings in Florida

Frequently Asked Questions about the Asian Swamp Eel
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution

Monopterus albus - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Special Note: Distribution maps and collection information (State and County)

The Swamp Eel: A New Invasive Fish
DOI. USGS. South Florida Information Access.
Photographs; Impacts; Distribution

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State Government

Asian Swamp Eel (PDF | 180 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Legal Aspects

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University/Academic

Asian Swamp Eel - Introduced Species Summary Project
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Asian Swamp Eel Fact Sheet (PDF | 69 KB)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Taxonomy; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Special Note: References

Asian Swamp Eel/Rice Eel
Texas State University System. Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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International

Monopterus albus - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Monopterus albus (fish) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Swamp Eel - Species Summary
FishBase.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Asian swamp eel
Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area (Texas).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Perilous Experiment: The Asian Rice Eel in Georgia (By Wayne C. Starnes, Richard T. Bryant, and Greg C. Greer)
Sherpa Guides. Natural Georgia Series. Atlanta’s Urban Wildlife.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Eeeeek! The Eels Are Coming (Feb 15, 2001)
St. Petersburg Times.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Asian Swamp Eel - Intruders in Paradise: Invasive Species in Florida (PDF | 22 KB)
Tampa Bay Estuary Program (Florida).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle

Citations

Fuller, P.L., L.G. Nico, and M. Cannister. 2012. Monopterus albus. USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL.

Prok, J. 2000. Asian swamp eel invasion increases in Southeast (PDF | 381 KB) Aquatic Nuisance Species Digest 4(1):5.

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Last Modified: Nov 26, 2013
 
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