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Species: Facciolella species A, Western Pikeconger, Western Pikeconger Eel

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slender; strongly tapering tail
rear nostril = slit in top lip
exposed tooth patch under overhanging snout
D origin behind gill opening
jaw teeth small
no pectorals

Facciolella species A

Western Pikeconger, Western Pikeconger Eel

Elongate, cylindrical at front, compressed at rear; a long slender, pointed tail 67-70% TL; moderate sized eye; front nostril tubular, at level of tooth patch between front of top jaws; rear nostril a slit in top lip covered by a flap, just before eye; a long narrow snout with a fleshy, slightly projecting tip; jaws long and pointed, with top jaw overhanging; top jaw teeth small, conical, multiple rows; bottom jaw teeth small, conical, in bands; roof of mouth with a central patch of teeth (not reaching patch between front jaws) and bands of small conical teeth along sides; pectoral fins absent; gill opening a crescent, low on side; dorsal fin origin slightly behind gill opening; dorsal and anal fins confluent with tail fin; lateral line complete, on head and body.

Preserved fish tan with black-edged fins.

Reaches at least 63 cm.

Probably lives in soft bottoms.

Depth range 75-3109 m.

Bermuda to the southern Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • 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
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 63
Depth Range Min
  • 75
Depth Range Max
  • 3109