Eel fish facts

American eel has cylindrical and snake like body. It has small and round eyes with pointed snout. It has mucus layer which makes the skin slimy despite the minute scales. It varies in color according to the age and surrounding habitat. It might be yellowish, dark brown, olive, brown, greenish, orange and yellow. The belly is white, yellowish or creamy. It is usually found in ponds, lakes, rivers, creeks and streams.

Name Health benefits and facts of Eel fish
Scientific Name Anguilla rostrata
Native Mostly found on Eastern Coast of North America
Common/English Name Glass eel, elver, anguille, bronze eel, black eel, green eel, glass eel, river eel, yellow eel, silver eel, american eel, common eel, fresh water eel
Name in Other Languages Catalan: Anguila;
Czech: Úhor americký;
Danish: Amerikansk ferskvandsål, Amerikansk ål;
Dutch: Aal, Amerikaanse aal, Amerikaanse paling, Paling;
Finnish: Amerikanankerias;
French: Anguille, Anguille americaine, Anguille américaine, anguille d’amèrique;
Italian: Anguilla Americana;
Mandarin Chinese: Měizhōu mánlí;
Polish: Moringa cetkowana, Wegorz amerykanski;
Portuguese: Enguia, Enguia americana;
Russian: ugor’ amerikanskiy, Amerikanskiy ugor’, ugor’ ame;
Spanish: Anguila, Anguila Americana;
Swedish: Amerikansk ål
Lifespan 25 years
Predators Large fish, fish-eating birds and other eels
Feeds on Aquatic insects, crustaceans, small insects
Habitat Large streams and rivers
Shape & size Elongated, slender, snakelike body with small and pointed head; Length: 1.22 m (4.0 ft)
Weight 7.5 kg or 17 lb
Head Long, conical with small eyes
Teeth Small, setiform or pectinate
Scales Small, cycloid, rudimentary
Body Color Olive green, greenish to yellow, brown
Skin Thick, slimy
Belly Light gray, white
Major Nutritions Vitamin A, RAE 1808 µg (258.29%)
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamine) 4.6 µg (191.67%)
Isoleucine 1.733 g (103.65%)
Lysine 3.452 g (103.23%)
Tryptophan 0.421 g (95.68%)
Threonine 1.649 g (93.69%)
Valine 1.937 g (91.71%)
Histidine 1.107 g (89.85%)
Leucine 3.056 g (82.68%)
Protein 37.6 g (75.20%)
Health Benefits
  • Skin health
  • Formation of DNA
  • Regeneration of cells and tissues
  • Bone health
  • Assist digestion
  • Enhance cognition
  • Treat Alzheimer’s
  • Hemoglobin
  • Lowers stroke
  • Constipation
Calories in 1 fillet (159 gm) 375 Kcal.
  • The blood of Eel fish is harmful.
  • It should be avoided by infants, pregnant women and breastfeeding women.
How to Eat
  • It is fried, pickled or smoked.
  • It is mostly used in Japanese and Korean cuisine.
Other Facts
  • Female lays up to 4 million of buoyant eggs.
  • There are over 400 species.


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