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What's unusual about Asian swamp eels?

• Asian swamp eels breathe air and can achieve up to 25% of respiration through the skin.

• They can survive weeks without food.

• After spending part of their life as females, some individuals undergo a natural sex change, transforming into males. All larger individuals are males.

• The large males construct bubble nests at the mouth of burrows and guard the eggs and young. A high degree of parental care is given, probably assuring greater reproductive success.

• Because Asian swamp eels are air breathers, conventional eradication measures such as ichthyocides (chemicals which deny oxygen to the gills) are ineffective.

Tags: Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Native Species, Eels, Ecology, Predator, Aquatic