Body long, cylindrical, with united dorsal, caudal and anal fins; dorsal fin arising above or slightly before the anal fin. To 1.1 m.
Southern Shortfin Eels have a catadromous life-cycle, spending 20 years or more in freshwaters before they migrate to the open sea to breed. They spawn in deepwaters of the Coral Sea, and the transparent eel leptocephalus larvae are pelagic in the open ocean. The larvae metamorphose into glass eels which then migrate into estuaries before transforming into juvenile eels, called elvers.
Coastal drainages, in streams, lowland rivers, lakes and swamps, generally with low or no flow as juveniles and adults.
South-western Pacific. Eastern and south-eastern Australia.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed