Conger conger (Linnaeus, 1758)
European conger
Conger conger
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Congridae (Conger and garden eels), subfamily: Congrinae
Max. size:  300 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 110 kg
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 1171 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Norway and Iceland to Senegal. Also in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found on rocky and sandy bottoms (Ref. 12382). Depth range from 0-500 m (Ref. 4453) and from 305-1171 m in the eastern Ionian Sea (Ref. 56504). It stays near the coast when young and moves toward deeper waters upon reaching adulthood (Ref. 5377). A nocturnal (Ref. 12382) predator of fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods (Ref. 6521). Like other species of the group, it reproduces only once in its life (Ref. 5377). Sexually mature at an age of 5-15 years. Spawn in summer in the Atlantic off Portugal and in the Mediterranean. Produces 3-8 million of eggs (Ref. 35388). Marketed fresh and frozen. Eaten fried and baked (Ref. 9988).
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  reports of ciguatera poisoning
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.01.13
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 23.08.94

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