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Genus: Japonoconger, Caribbean Conger Eel, Conger Eels

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tail > 60% TL, tip soft, flexible
rear nostril eliptical, before eye
D origin before gill slit
lip flanges - lower only, narrow
teeth: bands on jaws, between top jaws isolated patch
vomer teeth: broad, long patch
pectoral large



Body moderately elongate; head and trunk < 40% of TL; snout projects beyond lower jaw and beyond front teeth of top jaws; front nostril tubular, near tip of snout, pointing forward and down; rear nostril elliptical, in front of mid-eye; narrow flange on side of lower lip, no flange on top lip; jaws broad, curved at rear; teeth small, conical, in bands on jaws; patch of teeth on center of roof of mouth wide, long, at least ½ length of band on top jaw; patch at front of top jaws separated by a distinct gap from bands on sides of jaws; tail not attenuated, tip soft and flexible; dorsal fin origin before base of pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fin rays segmented; pectoral fin well developed, its base ending above top of gill opening; pores on top rear of head.

A tropical to subtropical genus of deep water congers with 4 species; found on both sides of the Atlantic and Japan, one endemic species in the Greater Caribbean.