Conger oceanicus (Mitchill, 1818)
American conger
Conger oceanicus
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Congridae (Conger and garden eels), subfamily: Congrinae
Max. size:  230 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 40 kg
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 1 - 477 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Cape Cod in Massachusetts to northeastern Florida in USA and northern Gulf of Mexico. Reported in eastern Atlantic: St. Helena (Ref. 5288). Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951).
Biology:  Occurs from shallow inshore waters to depths of 477 m and up to 260 m in the Gulf of Maine (Ref. 7135). Benthic (Ref. 5951). Nocturnal predators (Ref. 93252). Feeds mainly on fishes, but also on shrimps and small shellfish. Commonly caught by anglers along piers, docks and jetties in middle Atlantic states.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 September 2014 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 22.01.15
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 04.08.94

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