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Anguilliformes  -  Congridae  -  Heteroconger  -  Heteroconger pellegrini

Heteroconger pellegrini

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mouth ends under center eye
body & head: dense tiny black dots
tail tip with small C

upper lips joined
front nostrils in lips
pectoral << eye


Heteroconger pellegrini Castle, 1999

Speckled garden-eel,     Mimic garden-eel

Body very elongate, compressed; tail ~ 70% of TL; head short, snout very short; mouth very short (not reaching rear of eye), oblique, lower jaw only a little projecting; teeth pointed, curved, in narrow bands on jaws; teeth on front roof of mouth in 1-2 irregular longitudinal rows; top lip flanges continuous across front of snout and enclosing front (tubular) nostrils and a pair of pores above the nostrils; rear nostril a hole before eye; pectoral fins tiny (much smaller than eye) skin flaps; with 16-19 (mean 18) rays; tip of tail stiff, with obvious but small tail fin; dorsal and anal fins sometimes confluent with tail fin; dorsal origin behind tip of pectoral, rays before anus 143-198, total 532-675; anal rays 350-478; tail rays 7-8; 177-192 vertebrae; lateral line pores before anus 50-54, total 152-166, continue till near tail tip.

Light cream body and fins, body and median fins densely covered with minute dark dots; dots smaller and less regularly arranged than in Gorgasia punctata. 

Size: to 63 cm.

Habitat: clean sand bottoms.

Depth: 5-30 m.

The tip of Baja California to Panama.

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