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Eel Family Tree

Supplement to the November 2008 FAMA magazine article Eel Essentials.

By Bob Goemans

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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Anguilliformes

Suborder: Muraenoidei

Family: Chlopsidae (False Morays)

Genera: Boehlkenchelys; Catesbya; Chilorhinus; Chlopsis; Kaupichthys; Powellichthys; Robinsia; Thalassenchelys; and, Xenoconger

Family: Muraenidae (Moray Eels)

Subfamily: Uropterygiimae

Genera: Anarchias; Channomuraena; Scuticaria; and, Uropterygius

Subfamily: Muraeninae

Genera: Echidna; Enchelycore; Enchelynassa; Gymnomuraena; Gymnothorax; Monopenchelys; Muraena; Pseudechidna; Rhinomuraena; Sideria; and, Strophidon

Family: Myrocongridae (Thin Morays)

Genus: Myroconger

Suborder: Anguilloidei

Family: Anguillidae (Freshwater Eels)

Genus: Anguilla

Family: Heterenchelyidae (Mud Eels)

Genera: Panturichthys and Pythonichthys

Family: Moringuidae (Worm/Spaghetti Eels)

Genera: Moringua and Neoconger

Suborder: Congroidei

Family: Colocongridae

Genus: Coloconger

Family: Congridae (Conger Eels)

Subfamily: Bathymyrinae

Genera: Ariosoma; Bathymyrus; Chiloconger; Kenyaconger; Parabathymyrus; Paraconger; and, Poeciloconger

Subfamily: Bathymyrinae

Genera: Leptocephalus and Ophisoma

Subfamily: Congrinae

Genera: Acromycter; Bassanago; Bathycongrus; Bathyuroconger; Blachea; Conger; Congrhynchus; Congriscus; Congrosoma; Diploconger; Gavialiceps; Gnathophis; Japonoconger; Lumiconger; Macrocephenchelys; Paruroconger; Promyllanto: Pseudophichthys; Rhynchconger; Scalanago; Uroconger; and, Xenomystax

Subfamily: Heterocongrinae (Garden Eels)

Genera: Gorgasia and Heteroconger

Family: Derichthys (Longneck Eels)

Genera: Derichthys and Nessorhamphus

Family: Muraenesocidae (False Conger Eels/Pike Congers)

Genera: Congresox; Cynoponticus; Muraenesox; Oxyconger; and, Sauromuraenesox

Family: Nemichthyidae (Snipe Eels)

Genera: Avocettina; Labichthys; and, Nemichthys

Family: Nettastomatidae (Duckbill Eels, Serepntinas)

Genera: Facciolella; Hoplunnis; Nettastoma; Nettenchelys; Saurenchelys; and, Venefica

Family: Ophichthidae (Snake Eels, Worm Eels)

Subfamily: Myrophinae (Worm Eels)

Genus: Skythrenchelys

Tribe: Benthenchelyini

Genus: Benthenchelys

Tribe: Myrophini

Genera: Ahlia; Asarcenchlys; Glenoglossa; Mixomyrophis; Muraenichthys; Myrophis; NeenchelysPseudomyrophis; Schismorhynchus; and, Schultzidia

Subfamily: Ophichthinae (Snake Eels)

Genus: Rhinophichthus

Tribe: Bascanichthus

Genera: Allips; Bascanichthys; Caralophia; Dalophis; Ethadophis; Gordiichthys; Leptenchelys; and, Phaenomonas

Tribe: Callechelyini

Genera: Aprognathodon; Callechelys; Letharchus; Leuropharus; Paraletharchus; and, Xestochilus

Tribe: Ophichthini

Genera: Aplatophis; Brachysomophis; Echelus; Echiophis; Elapsopis; Evips; Herpetoichthys; Hyphalophis; Kertomichthys; Leiuranus; Lethogoleos; Malvoliophis; Myrichthys; Mystriophis; Ophichthus; Ophisurus; Phyllophichthus; Pisodonophis; Quassiremus; Scytalishthys; and, Xyrias

Tribe: Sphagebranchini

Genera: Apterichtus; Caecula; Cirrhimuraena; Cirrcaecula; Hemerorhinus; Ichthyapus; Lamnostoma; Stictorhinus; and, Yirrkaia

Family: Serrivomeridae (Sawtooth Eels)

Genera: Serrivomer and Stemonidium

Family: Synaphobranchidae (Cutthrout Eels/Deep Sea Eels)

Subfamily: Lyophinae (Arrowtooth Eels/Mustard Eels)

Genera: Atractodenchelys; Dysomma; Dysommina; Lyophis; Linkenchelys; Meadia; and, Thermobiotes

Subfamily: Simenchelyinae (Snubnose Parasitic Eels)

Genus: Simenchelys

Subfamily: Synaphobranchinae (Cutthrout Eels)

Genera: Haptenchelys; Histiobranchus; and, Synaphobranchus

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