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Species: Paraconger caudilimbatus, Margintail Conger

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snout length ~eye
D origin over pectoral
tail tip stiff
flanges on both lips, hollow behind top flange not divided
pectoral base within limits of gill opening



Paraconger caudilimbatus (Poey, 1867)

Margintail Conger

Body stout, ~cylindrical; tail 54-61% of TL; snout rounded, tapered; eye large (~snout length); front nostril tubular, near tip of snout, points forward & to side, with small pore behind; rear nostril a hole or tube in front of eye, below mid-eye level, with small pore above; lip flanges on sides of both jaws; hollow behind top lip flange not divided; jaw teeth in 2 irregular rows, outer row forms a cutting edge; top of mouth with a squarish patch in center, 1-2 rows at rear of lower jaw; dorsal origin over pectoral fin; pectoral fin well developed; top of gill opening above top of pectoral fin base; tip of tail stiff; dorsal and anal fins continuous with the tail fin; pores behind eyes; lateral line pores 40-43.

Grey-brown; edges of dorsal and anal fins dark.

Reaches 50 cm.

Lives on sandy bottoms, associated with reefs

Depth range: 0-70 m.

Transatlantic; the SE USA, Bermuda to Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North 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
  • 50
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 70