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Species: Bathycongrus vicinalis, Neighbor conger

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rear nostril near top edge of eye
+/- pores between eyes
1-3 pores on nape
LL 33-38 pores before anus

Bathycongrus vicinalis (Garman, 1899)

Neighbor conger

Elongate (body depth at anus 12-19% length before anus), compressed; body short, 32-38% of TL;  head 38-46% of preanal length; tail sharply tapering; tip of tail soft and flexible, with developed tail fin;  snout thick, projecting 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 2 transverse rows, separated from those on top jaws and vomer, exposed when mouth is closed;  vomer with  a row of 1-5 large teeth, a few smaller teeth around front tooth; 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 slightly behind base of pectoral fin; pectorals ~as long as mouth, elongate, pointed; lateral line complete, distinct, 33-38 pores before anus; pores present or absent behind and between eyes, 1-3 pores on nape between front of lateral lines.

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

Reaches 47 cm

Lives on mud and sand bottoms.

Depth range 101-503 m

Gulf of Mexico to Brazil

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • In & Offshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 47
Depth Range Min
  • 101
Depth Range Max
  • 503