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Species: Uroconger syringinus, Threadtail Conger

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top lip no flange
tail tip soft & flexible
teeth exposed under snout
center roof mouth - 1 long row teeth

Uroconger syringinus Ginsburg, 1954

Threadtail Conger

Head and body 31-33% of TL; head pointed; snout long, overhanging, front top teeth exposed under it; eye large, well back on head; front nostril a tube pointing down and forwards, rear nostril an oval hole immediately before mid-eye; mouth ~horizontal, bottom lip with a flange, top lip without a flange; teeth moderately large, pointed, in 2 transverse rows at front top of mouth; jaws with 2 rows of teeth for most of length, teeth do not form a cutting edge; roof of mouth with a single row of teeth that extend back as far as jaw teeth; top of gill opening below top of pectoral fin base; pectorals well developed; dorsal fin origin slightly before to slightly after base of pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins with segmented rays, continuous with the tail fin; tail tip soft and flexible, with small fin; a complete lateral line, 1 or more front lateral line pores elevated; last 3 pores on top lip are slits.

Brown to grey; vertical fins edged with black at rear.

Reaches 38 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 40-410 m.

Both sides of the Atlantic; Florida to Suriname.

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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
  • Demersal
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
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
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
  • 38
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 410