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Species: Rhynchoconger gracilior, Whiptail Conger

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pore before rear nostril
snout large, conical, overhangs exposed tooth patch under
center roof of mouth: tooth patch square
stomach black

Rhynchoconger gracilior (Ginsburg, 1951)

Whiptail Conger

Elongate; head and body 27-29% of 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 wider than long; tooth patch at center front of roof of mouth square, as wide as long; dorsal fin begins over or a little before pectoral base; pectoral well developed; dorsal and anal fins continuous with the tail fin; pectoral base ends above gill opening; a complete lateral line, pores along upper jaw small, a pore before rear nostril.

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

Reaches 61 cm.

Soft bottoms.

Depth range: 60-650 m.

S Carolina to French Guiana.

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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
  • Mud
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 non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • 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
  • 61
Depth Range Min
  • 60
Depth Range Max
  • 650