Conservation status

As of 2002, five species were listed by the IUCN as species of special concern: Macrognathus aral (the one-stripe spiny

An undescribed spiny eel (Mastacembelus sp.) from Southeast Asia. (Photo by Animals Animals ┬ęDani/Jeske. Reproduced by permission.)

eel), Monopterus boueti (Liberian swamp eel), Monopterus indi-cus (Bombay swamp eel), and Ophisternon candidum (the blind cave eel) have been classified as Data Deficient, meaning that they require more study to determine their conservation status; O. infernale (blind swamp cave eel) is classified as Endangered.

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