Common Shore Eel

Alabes dorsalis

Alabes dorsalis - Common Shore Eel
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Size: 12 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Seagrass and algae beds. Rocky reef, often under rocks

Depth: Subtidal to 10 metres

Alabes dorsalis - Common Shore Eel

This clingfish gets its common name from its elongated, eel-like body. It is variable in colour, ranging from orange-brown to bright green, and it often has one or more large spots or blotches on down each side of its body. There are a number of true eels (Anguilliformes) found in South Australia, but A. dorsalis is less elongate than most eels. It is also similar in appearance to weedfish of the genus Ophiclinus, but in most cases can be distinguished by colouration.