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Species: Nettastoma syntresis, Channel Pikeconger, Channel Sorcerer, Channel Pikeconger Eel

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snout long, narrow, tip not soft
rear nostril above eye
3 pr pores between ant nostrils & eyes
LL 38-41
vomer: central teeth NOT enlarged
no pectorals

Nettastoma syntresis Smith & Bohlke, 1981

Channel Pikeconger, Channel Sorcerer, Channel Pikeconger Eel

Elongate, cylindrical at front, compressed at rear, with a long slender, pointed tail; head and body 35% of TL; a long narrow snout (no fleshy proboscis at its tip); jaws long and pointed, reach back under rear edge of eye; large eye; front nostril tubular, at front of snout, rear nostril opens above eye; top jaw overhanging; teeth conical, relatively small, in bands, a patch of teeth at front of top jaws, some exposed when mouth is closed; roof of mouth with central patch of teeth on which central teeth are NOT enlarged; no pectoral fins; dorsal fin origin over or behind gill opening; dorsal and anal fins confluent with tail fin; lateral line complete, on head and body; 38-41 pores before anus; 3 pairs of pores on snout between front nostril and eye.

Preserved fish: grey brown, edges of median fins black.

Reaches 55 cm.

Lives on soft silt and mud bottoms.

Depth range: 174-620 m.

The Bahamas.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Bahamas endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 55
Depth Range Min
  • 174
Depth Range Max
  • 620