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Species: Rhynchoconger flavus, Yellow conger

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no pore between 2 nostrils
snout large, cónical, overhangs exposed tooth patch under
center roof of mouth: tooth patch square
stomach pale

Rhynchoconger flavus (Goode & Bean, 1896)

Yellow conger

Elongate; head and body ~30% TL; tail slender, narrowing to a point; snout strongly projecting, with fleshy keel along underside of tip; front nostril tubular, near lower front of snout; rear nostril an oval hole before about mid-eye; top and bottom lips with flanges, larger on lower jaws; teeth small, conical; tooth patch under snout that is outside mouth when closed is round, as long or slightly longer than wide; tooth patch at center front of roof of mouth square, as wide as long, with several rows of teeth; dorsal fin begins over or a little before pectoral base; dorsal and anal fins continuous with the tail fin; pectoral well developed; pectoral base ends above gill opening; a complete lateral line, pores along upper jaw small; no pore in front of rear nostril.

Pale, fins edged in black; stomach and intestine pale.

Reaches 200 cm.

Soft bottoms.

Depth range: 25-732 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 25
Depth Range Max
  • 732
Length Max
  • 200