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Asian Swamp Eel

Scientific Name

Monopterus albus (Zuiew, 1793) (ITIS)

Common Name

Asian swamp eel (ASE), rice eel

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)


Competes with native species (Prok 2000)

Asian swamp eel
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Asian swamp eel, adult


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