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Species: Cynoponticus savanna, Guayana pike-conger

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head cónical
mouth long
D origin before large pectoral
LL: all body
teeth strong
roof mouth - central row large triangular canines

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Cynoponticus savanna (Bancroft, 1831)

Guayana pike-conger

Body moderately elongate, rounded at front, compressed at rear; tail ~60% of TL; head conical; snout short, blunt, projecting; eye well developed; front nostril tubular, directed forwards; rear nostril elliptical, in front of middle of eye; mouth large, ends just behind eye; lips without fleshy flanges; strong, heavy conical teeth in multiple rows on jaws; 3 rows of teeth on front of roof of mouth, center row of large compressed triangular canines; tip of lower jaw and its large teeth fit into notch under snout when mouth is closed; gill opening a vertical crescent, low on side, nearly meet on underside; well developed dorsal and anal fins confluent with tail fin, the dorsal origin just before the pectoral base; pectoral fin large; lateral line conspicuous, complete, opening through branches leading to several pores instead of simple pores, pores on head not apparent.

Dark blackish grey above, lighter below; pectoral fin black; dorsal and anal fins with narrow black edge.

Reaches 200 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms, in bays and estuaries.

Depth: 2-746 m.

Cuba to Brazil.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Brackish
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Mud
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • All species
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Extends South of GC
Residency
  • 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
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 200
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 746