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Species: Bathycongrus polyporus, Many-pored Conger

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rear nostril near top edge of eye
pores between & behind eyes
3 pores on nape
LL 46-49 pores before anus

Bathycongrus polyporus (Smith & Kanazawa, 1977)

Many-pored Conger

Elongate (body depth at anus 11-15% length before anus), compressed; body short, 37-44% of TL; head 30-32% of preanal length; tail only moderately tapering; tip of tail soft and flexible, with developed tail fin; snout thick, projecting very little before lower jaws; front nostril a small, short tube near front of snout; rear nostril a hole near level of top of eye; mouth wide, reaches back past center of eye; lip flanges well developed on lower jaw, absent on top jaw; top lip with large pores; teeth on top jaws and on side of lower jaws not visible when mouth is closed; teeth moderately large, both jaws with narrow bands of teeth, wider at front, outer row larger; teeth between front of top jaws in 3 transverse rows, separated from those on top jaws and vomer, exposed when mouth is closed; vomer with a round patch of teeth, 1-2 central teeth enlarged, more or less confluent with top jaw teeth at front, a row of larger teeth along center; gill openings separated below, extend ½ way up pectoral base; dorsal and anal fins with segmented rays, moderately deep, joined to tail fin; dorsal fin origin over / slightly behind tip of pectoral fin; pectorals ~as long as mouth, elongate, pointed; lateral line complete, distinct, 46-49 pores before anus; pores present behind and between eyes, 3 pores across nape between front of lateral lines.

Preserved fish: brown, fins with black edges at rear.

Reaches 43 cm

Lives on mud and sand bottoms.

Depth range 439-539 m

The straits of Florida

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 43
Depth Range Min
  • 439
Depth Range Max
  • 539