Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Congridae
(Conger and garden eels) > Congrinae
Etymology: Conger: Latin, conger = conger (Ref. 45335). More on author: Valenciennes.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 10 - ? m (Ref. 27363). Subtropical; 4°N - 45°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 112 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57911)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Pectorals small and fan-shaped (Ref. 27363).
Eastern Atlantic: known only from larvae collected in the southern Gulf of Guinea from Annobon, Equatorial Guinea to Mossamedes (Moçâmedes), Angola. Western Atlantic: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to the Bonaelensis area of northern Argentina (Ref. 27363).
Found in shallow waters of the continental shelf (Ref. 27363). Feeds on fishes, shrimps, crabs and mollusks.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Specimens captured in deep waters of Brazil had ovaries occupying the whole abdominal cavity with scarce adipose tissue and degraded body indicative of semelparity (Ref. 92882).
Smith, D.G., 1990. Congridae. p. 156-167. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4453)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00048 (0.00026 - 0.00088), b=3.18 (3.01 - 3.35), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.59 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm<5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (63 of 100) .