eel

(redirected from Angula)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial.
Related to Angula: angular

eel,

common name for any fish in the order Anguilliformes, and characterized by a long snakelike body covered with minute scales embedded in the skin. Eels lack the hind pair of fins, adapting them for wriggling in the mud and through the crevices of reefs and rocky shores. Most species are marine; the largest and most diverse group is the family Ophichthidae, the snake eels. Other large families are the conger eels, family Congridae, and the moray eels, family Muraenidae. Sharp-toothed and vicious, moray eels have a highly developed second set of jaws (pharyngeal jaws) that hold and pull prey into the throat after the main jaws snare it. The only freshwater eels are those of the family Anguillidae. The freshwater European eel, Anguilla anguilla, is found in the Atlantic coastal regions of Europe and the Mediterranean area; A. rostrata, the American eel, in North America E of the Rockies. Several other freshwater species are native to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.

The mature European eel migrates 3,000 to 4,000 mi (4,828–6,437 km) to its spawning ground in the deep sea SW of Bermuda, a journey lasting several months; they use ocean currents to help them swim there, where they reproduce and then die. The young hatch as transparent ribbonlike larvae (called glass eels) that drift north and east on ocean currents for three years before entering a river; they then develop into elvers, tiny versions of the adult eel. The American eel follows the same pattern, except that the young require only one year to reach freshwater.

Once in freshwater, the developing elvers feed voraciously on dead and living animals, even traveling over short stretches of land in search of frogs and lizards. They hunt at night and rest by day. The male, which attains a length of 2 ft (61 cm), remains at the river's mouth, while the female (4 ft/122 cm) swims upstream, staying there from 5 to 20 years. When the eels are sexually mature their enormous appetite wanes, and they do not eat during migration to the spawning ground. Their oily flesh is regarded by some as a delicacy; the skin was formerly used as leather.

Eels are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Anguilliformes.

Bibliography

See studies by R. Schweld (2002) and J. Prosek (2010).

What does it mean when you dream about an eel?

Eels embody many of the meanings of snakes or serpents, although their watery habitat links them more explicitly with the powers of the unconscious. As phallic symbols, they indicate unconscious sexual desires. They may also symbolize something in the unconscious of which we are afraid.

eel

[ēl]
(vertebrate zoology)
The common name for a number of unrelated fishes included in the orders Anguilliformes and Cypriniformes; all have an elongate, serpentine body.

eel

1. any teleost fish of the order Apodes (or Anguilliformes), such as the European freshwater species Anguilla anguilla, having a long snakelike body, a smooth slimy skin, and reduced fins
2. any of various other animals with a long body and smooth skin, such as the mud eel and the electric eel
References in periodicals archive ?
Rebuffing the system s reported price of over N$100 million, Angula has revealed that they have procured it for N$40 million in 2013.
Angula urged young people to find their voice, define their mission and mobilize.
8) Angula told the audience that the idea of building a Heroes' Acre was 'conceived' by former President Sam Nujoma in 1997 during an OAU summit in Harare.
264mm, consuma de energia: 48 watts angula De vision de 140, 48 walts de consuma en energia
5 -- color) Having already set up her Stars and Stripes, Cindy Angula reads a book outside her RV at Leo Carrillo State Park on Thursday.
Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula defended the move, saying the couple should be left alone.
Animal Cria Verdadero Falso Correcta anguila angula V F ballena ballenato V F buitre buitron V F cabra cabritilla V F ciguena cigonino V F ruco cuclillo V F faro pavezno V F perdiz perdigon V F culebra culebrina V F gavilan gavilancillo V F cierro cervato V F oso osezno V F
For bird watchers, there are three different trails and 160 species to observe, including a ride on an Angula - a high floating raft - to the bird island in the centre of the lake.
In hip-hop, visual, physical, musical lines are set in motion, broken abruptly with sharp angula, breaks, yet they sustain motion and energy through fluidity and flow.
Baer JT, Vugia DJ, Reingold AL, Aragon T, Angula FJ, Bradford WZ.
We expect to reach 350,000 by the end of the decade," said Helmut Angula, fisheries minister.
AJPAS: Greetings Nahas Angula, and thank you for agreeing to participate in this (February 2017) interview.