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Species: Neoconger mucronatus, Ridged Eel

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body ~1/2 TL
D origin before anus
LL ends near anus
upper jaw projecting

Neoconger mucronatus Girard, 1858

Ridged Eel

Elongate, worm-like, strongly compressed near tail; body and tail about same length; head conical, tapering, with pointed overhanging snout, upper jaw projects beyond lower; eye small; teeth small, conical, 1-2 rows on jaws, those in center of top jaws joining the strip down the center of the roof of the mouth; nostrils non-tubular, rear one a little in front of middle of eye; pectoral present, small, behind top of vertical, lateral gill opening; dorsal begins a little before anus; median fins continuous, low, fleshy, confluent with well developed tail fin; lateral line on body to level of anus, only pores on head are on lower jaw.

Brown, sometimes with dark reticulations; pores on lower jaw sometimes surrounded by white areas.

Reaches 30 cm.

Burrows in soft mud bottoms.

Depth range: 1-265 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to central Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 265