Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Anguilliformes > Family: Ophichthidae > Genus: Echelus > Species: Echelus myrus

Painted eel - Echelus myrus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Natura 2000 species code 5633

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.


Not evaluated


Least Concern


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Cobra-de-orelhas Portuguese Fishbase
Congrio pintado Spanish Fishbase
Echel Polish Fishbase
Gringu tan-nemex Maltese Fishbase
Gringu tar-ramel Maltese Fishbase
Gringu tat-tikek Maltese Fishbase
Miro Italian Fishbase
Ngjala qullamane Albanian Fishbase
Painted eel English Fishbase
Serpenton miro French Fishbase
Tieso miro Spanish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Echelus punctatus Rafinesque, 1810
Muraena myrus Linnaeus, 1758
Muraena vulgaris Kaup, 1856
Myrus vulgaris (Kaup, 1856)
Leptocephalus kefersteini Kaup, 1860
Muraena longicollis Cuvier, 1816

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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