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Species: Nettenchelys exoria, Exterior Pikeconger, Frontier Pikeconger, Frontier Pikeconger Eel

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rear nostrils at rear of nape, no central pore on nape
vomer: no row large teeth at front

Nettenchelys exoria Smith & Bohlke, 1981

Frontier Pikeconger, Exterior Pikeconger, Frontier Pikeconger Eel

Elongate, cylindrical at front, compressed at rear; a long slender, pointed tail ~2/3 TL; moderate sized eye; front nostril tubular, near front of snout, directed forward and to side; rear nostril on top of nape, a little before level of gill slit, WITHOUT a central pore just behind them; a long narrow snout 34-36% head, with a fleshy, slightly projecting tip; jaws long and pointed, with top jaw overhanging; 8-10 pores in row above top jaw; teeth small, conical, in bands; roof of mouth with long, narrow central patch of teeth that continues forward to patch between top jaws, without a single row of large teeth before that patch; 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 brown, vertical fins dark edged at rear.

Reaches 46.7 cm

Soft bottoms

Depth range 227-641 m.

E Florida to the Bahamas.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 46.7
Depth Range Min
  • 227
Depth Range Max
  • 641