Two new species of marine eel have been discovered
and documented by Estuarine Biology Regional Centre (EBRC) of the Zoological
Survey of India (ZSI) at Gopalpur-on-sea in Odisha.
One of them is a short brown un-patterned moray
eel. It has been named ‘Gymnothorax andamanensesis’.
Another species discovered was a white-spotted
moray eel which has been named ‘Gymnothorax smithi’
Marine eels are mostly found in shallow waters
but some of them live offshore in sandy or clayey bottoms ranging up to 500
The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is the premier Indian organization,
under Environment Ministry for zoological research and studies to promote the
survey, exploration and research of the fauna in India. It was established in
1960. It is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.