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Golden Fire Eel (Mastacembalus cf. unicolor ‘xanthic’)


An exceptionally rare color morph of freshwater spiny eel long assumed to be a Xanthic form of the Fire Eel (M. erythrotaenia), what is known as the Gold or Xanthic Fire Eel in the hobby may actually be the much more uncommon Mastacembelus unicolor, a variably patterned more elongated species which is found alongside Fire Eels in parts of their range. Due to their scarcity and high demand in the hobby, little is known about their wild habitat or where they are found but most specimens originate from Sumatra. With their striking, uniform yellow-gold coloration and outgoing nature these rare oddballs make for a one-of-a-kind centerpiece fish for true collectors.