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~Scaleless, long body with a blunt snout.
~Does not have pectoral fins like the American eel it is mistaken for.
~Brown or greenish color, small dark spots appearing on sides.
~Can be up to 100 cm, but also range from 25-40 cm.
~One V-shaped gill near the back of the mouth instead of 7 like the Lamprey.
The Asian Swamp Eel contains an oval shaped mouth, having bristle-like teeth.
The Asian Swamp Eel does not have pectoral fins unlike the Lamprey (gills slits) or the American Eel (pectoral fins visible).
The eel shows a tapering look to its body going from larger to smaller near the tail. The body also shows a cylindrical look.