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Asian Swamp Eel

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Asian swamp eel
Scientific Name:
Monopterus albus (Zuiew, 1793) (ITIS)
Common Name:
Asian swamp eel (ASE), rice eel
Asian swamp eel, adult - Photo by Paul Shafland; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status


Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Federal Government

DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

State and Local Government

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Division of Fish and Wildlife.

See also: Aquatic Invasive Species for related information
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.