✅ The Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia) is not a true eel, but an extremely elongated fish with a distinctive pointed snout and underslung mouth. It is part of a group of fishes called spiny eels that also includes tire trach and peacock eels. The group gets its common name from the many small dorsal spines that precede the dorsal fin.
✅ The body is laterally compressed, particularly the rear third, where it flattens as it joins the caudal fin and forms an extended tail. The fire eel's base coloring is dark brown/grey, while the belly is generally a lighter shade of the same color. Several bright red lateral stripes and spots mark the body and vary in intensity depending on the age and condition of the individual.
✅ The fire eel feeds on invertebrates (such as insect larvae, worms, and crustaceans), smaller fish, plant matter, and detrius. In captivity, they only rarely eat plant matter.
✅ Size: 10 - 12 cm
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