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Species: Bathycongrus thysanochilus, Fringe-lip conger

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rear nostril near top edge of eye
no pores between & behind eyes
1 pore on nape
LL 26-29 pores before anus

Bathycongrus thyscanochilus  (Reid, 1934)

Fringe-lip conger

Elongate (body depth at anus 12-17% length before anus), compressed; body short, 32-36% of TL;  head 40-45% of preanal length; tail sharply tapering; tip of tail soft and flexible, with developed tail fin;  snout thick, projecting before lower jaws;  front nostril a small, short tube near front of snout; rear nostril a hole near level of top of eye;  mouth wide, reaches back  past center of eye; lip flanges well developed on lower jaw, absent on top jaw; top lip with large pores; teeth on top jaws and on side of lower jaws not visible when mouth is closed; teeth moderately large, both jaws with narrow bands of teeth, wider at front, outer row larger; teeth between front of top jaws in 3 transverse rows, separated from those on top jaws and vomer, exposed when mouth is closed;  vomer with  a round patch of teeth, 1-2 central teeth enlarged, more or less confluent with top jaw teeth at front, a row of larger teeth along center; gill openings separated below, extend ½ way up pectoral base; dorsal and anal fins with segmented rays, moderately deep, joined to tail fin; dorsal fin origin slightly behind base of pectoral fin; pectorals ~as long as mouth, elongate, pointed; lateral line complete, distinct, 26-29 pores before anus; pores absent behind and between eyes, 1 pore on nape between front of lateral lines.

Preserved fish: brown, fins with black edges at rear.

Reaches 30 cm

Lives on mud and sand bottoms.

Depth range 104-659 m

Florida to the southern Caribbean


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 104
Depth Range Max
  • 659