Re: [RML] it's amazing what you find in stores...

hugo at ("hugo at")
Tue, 01 Feb 2000 23:26:03 +0100

Hello Tsuh yang;

> at a shop recently, there was a tank full of eels.
> "freshwater" moray eels were being kept in a tank, and there was another
> strange creature, "vampire eel" (price us$32). upon close examination, it
> turned out to be a southeast asian freshwater snake, which wiggles its 2
> tentacles near its mouth to attract unsuspecting prey. what amazes me is how
> they "name" animals that they don't know what it is.
> i'm surprised that moray eels can live in freshwater. perhaps only as
> juveniles? it's not the first time i've seen them for sale.
> tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA

I would be very suspicious about fish or invertebrates in petshops
explicitly named 'freshwater'. Indeed it is amazing how they come up with
those names. In the vast majority of these cases, those 'f/w' animals
are just brackish or even marine, anadromous at best.
If they are in a shop that can't tell an eel from a snake they are
definitely not freshwater I think. These are the kind of shops who invent
those stupid names.

I know some real sharks are anadromous, and can stay up river for a long
time, such as the Zambezi shark. I don't know of a true f/w moray eel
exists. Can you share those scientific names Mach?