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Species: Hoplunnis pacifica, Silver pike-conger

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long narrow snout
slender tapering tail
D & A join C
jaws long, pointed, top one overhanging
pectoral present

Hoplunnis pacifica Lane & Stewart, 1968

Silver Pikeconger

Elongate, cylindrical at front, compressed at rear; a long slender, pointed tail >2/3 TL; large eye; front nostril tubular, at front of snout, rear nostril a slit in front of center of eye; a long narrow snout without a soft tip; jaws long and pointed, with top jaw overhanging; jaw teeth of varying sizes, exposed when mouth is closed; pectoral fins present; dorsal fin origin slightly in front of or over gill opening; dorsal and anal fins confluent with tail fin; lateral line complete, on head and body.

Color: plain silvery with small dark spots.

Lives on sand and mud bottoms.

Length: to 35 cm.

Depth 40-275 m.

Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 275