Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Congridae
(Conger and garden eels) > Heterocongrinae
Etymology: Heteroconger: Greek, heteros = other + Latin, conger = conger (Ref. 45335); guttatus: Name from Latin 'guttatus' for spotted or speckled; referring to the color pattern; a masculine singular adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 13 - 25 m (Ref. 121836), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Central Pacific: Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 44.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 121836)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 280;
Vertebrae: 160. This species is distinguished by the following characters: dorsal-fin origin anterior to the gill opening; presence of pterygoid teeth; body depth at gill opening 28-40% of HL; vertebrae, preanal 59-66 (mean 63), total 164-175 (mean 168.9); preanal lateral-line pores 59-64 (mean 61). Colour in life whitish to pale yellow with dense, small, round, orange-brown to dark-brown spots (Ref. 121836).
This species is currently known only from the type locality, about 80 km southwest of the town of Kaimana, West Papua Province, Indonesia. The type specimens were obtained from two separate colonies in 13-25 m, wherein each occupy about 50-100 sq. m and containing approximately 50-100 eels. The gently sloped bottom consisted of clean white sand and was more than 200 m from the nearest reef habitat (Ref. 121836).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and M.U. Mongdong, 2020. Heteroconger guttatus, a new species of garden eel (Pisces: Congridae: Heterocongrinae) from West Papua, Indonesia. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 35:8-17. (Ref. 121836)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .