Indo-Pacific: widespread in the tropical Indian Ocean and western Pacific.
Migratory species which breeds in the ocean. Lives in fresh water areas as an adult, in estuaries and seas as young.
Descends to the sea to spawn.
Inhabits freshwater streams and pools, preferring marshy habitats.
Found in rivers and creeks, commonly over rock bottoms and in deeper pools. Seldom occurs in large rivers. Restricted to lowland (coastal) reaches of river systems.
Feeds on small fishes, crustaceans and mollusks. Reported to breed east of Madagascar; the south equatorial current probably carries the eel larvae and elvers towards the east coast of Africa where local coastal currents guide the elvers to suitable rivers which they invade and they stay there until sexually mature, when they return to their breeding grounds.
Sometimes used in the aquarium trade.
Anguilla amblodon Günther, 1867
Anguilla bicolor McClelland, 1844
Anguilla bicolour bicolour McClelland, 1844 (misspelling)
Anguilla bleekeri Kaup, 1856
Anguilla cantori Kaup, 1856
Anguilla dussumieri Kaup, 1856
Anguilla malabarica Kaup, 1856
Anguilla moa Bleeker, 1849
Anguilla mowa Bleeker, 1853
Anguilla spengeli Weber, 1912
Anguilla virescens (Peters, 1852)
Muraena macrocephala Rapp, 1849
Muraena moa (Bleeker, 1849)
Muraena virescens Peters, 1852
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Anguilliformes (Order) > Anguillidae (Family) > Anguilla (Genus) > Anguilla bicolor (Species)