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Species: Chiloconger dentatus, Short-snout conger, Thicklip conger

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snout short (< eye), blunt
D: origin over center pectoral
D & A rays not segmented
tail ~ 60% of TL
D & A join C, tail tip rigid
both lips - large folds, upper high & covers divided hollow
pectoral base extends above gill opening

Chiloconger dentatus (Garman, 1899)

Thicklip conger, Short-snout conger

Eongate; head cylindrical; tail long (60% of TL); body compressed, especially at rear; snout short (< eye), blunt; mouth ~ horizontal, opens at front; lips with large, fleshy flanges at sides, top jaw flange much wider than that on bottom jaw; hollowed-out area behind top flange and under eye separated by inclined partition; front nostril a short tube at tip of top jaw; rear nostril a raised hole, in contact with front of eye; a tubed pore above and in contact with both rear nostril and eye;  eye large (~ 22% of head length), well forward; teeth small, conical, close-set, in 3 rows on both jaws, in patch on roof of mouth; gill openings large, vertical, relatively far apart below (~ length of gill opening); pectoral fin well developed,  top of base above top of gill opening; dorsal origin over middle of pectoral; fin rays not segmented; dorsal and anal fins continuous with rounded tail fin; tip of tail stiff.

Yellow-brown, head and body peppered with dark dots; dorsal fin with dark front margin fading to clear at rear.

Size: 30 cm.

Habitat: burrow in sandy bottoms.

Depth: 27-247 m.

The southern Gulf of California to the Galapagos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 27
Depth Range Max
  • 247