Macrognathus maculatus (Cuvier, 1832)
Frecklefin eel
Macrognathus maculatus
photo by Roberts, T.R.

Family:  Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Max. size:  28 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Cambodia and Viet Nam to Malaysia.
Biology:  Inhabits streams in lowland and upland areas (Ref. 56749) and peats (Ref. 57235). Found in shaded forest streams with acidic water and dense growth of submerged vegetation and leaf litter beds (Ref. 85309). Tends to hide among vegetation (Ref. 85309). Often occurs in clear water over rocky bottom in flowing streams. Feeds on bottom-dwelling insect larvae, worms (Ref. 12693) and crustaceans (Ref. 56749).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 October 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 02.09.96
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 18.10.10

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