Purple spaghetti-eel

The purple spaghetti-eel[2] (Moringua raitaborua) is an eel in the family Moringuidae (spaghetti/worm eels).[3] It was described by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton in 1822, originally under the genus Muraena.[4] It is a tropical, freshwater eel which is known from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It inhabits rivers and estuaries (including ones in West Bengal, linked to the Ganges River). Males can reach a maximum standard length of 44 cm.[3]

Purple spaghetti-eel
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Moringuidae
Genus: Moringua
M. raitaborua
Binomial name
Moringua raitaborua
(Hamilton, 1822)
  • Muraena raitaborua Hamilton, 1822
  • Moringua rataboura (Hamilton, 1822)


  1. ^ Synonyms of Moringua raitaborua at www.fishbase.org.
  2. ^ Common names for Moringua raitaborua at www.fishbase.org.
  3. ^ a b Moringua raitaborua at www.fishbase.org.
  4. ^ Hamilton, F., 1822 [ref. 2031] An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges and its branches. Edinburgh & London. i-vii + 1-405, Pls. 1-39.