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Asian Swamp Eel

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

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.) (NAS Database; Prok 2000)

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:

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  • Asian Swamp Eel (or select Play button below)
    NJN News Environment Report. (YouTube).

Selected Resources:

Council

Asian Swamp Eel
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Partnership

Invasive Species Compendium - Monopterus albus
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Monopterus albus (fish)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Government

Asian Swamp Eel - Monopterus albus - Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program (PDF | 381 KB)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Asian Swamp Eel
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database - Monopterus albus
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

State

Nonnatives: Swamp Eel
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Asian Swamp Eel (PDF | 180 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Invasive Alert: Asian Swamp Eel (PDF | 67 KB)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Academic

Introduced Species Summary Project - Asian Swamp Eel
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Asian Swamp Eel Fact Sheet (2006; PDF | 69 KB)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
See also: Live and Fresh Seafood: Into the pan, not into the wild

Asian Swamp Eel/Rice Eel
Texas State University System. Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.

Professional

Asian swamp eel
Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area (Texas).

Asian Swamp Eel - Intruders in Paradise: Invasive Species in Florida (PDF | 22 KB)
Tampa Bay Estuary Program (Florida).

Citations

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Monopterus albus. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Monopterus albus. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Sep 16, 2014].

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

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