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Species: Paraconger similis, Short-tail conger

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tail ~ 57% TL
jaws: outer teeth form cutting edge
rear nostril: tube before eye
LL: 50-51 pores before anus

Paraconger similis (Wade, 1946)

Short-tail conger

Body stout, ~ cylindrical; head large, ~ 16% of TL; tail ~ 57% of TL; snout rounded, tapered; eye large (~ snout length); flanges on lips on sides of both jaws; hollowed out area behind top flange not divided in 2 by vertical partition; front nostril tubular, near tip of snout, points forward & to side, with small pore behind; rear nostril a tube before and slightly below center of eye, with small pore above; mouth large, reaching below posterior part of eye; jaw teeth in 2 irregular rows above, with a squarish patch in center, 1-3 rows at rear of lower jaw; outer row of jaw teeth compressed, tips pointed, in contact at bases, forming cutting edge; dorsal origin over rear 1/3 of pectoral fin; pectoral fin well developed; top of gill opening above top of pectoral fin base; tip of tail stiff, with short tail fin; pores in lateral line before anus 50-51.

(Preserved fish) Dull yellowish olive above, with head and nape darker; lighter on sides; underside of head and belly dark grey; dorsal and anal light yellow-olive; pectorals pale.

Size: 55 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 49-150 m.   

The tip of Baja to the northern Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • 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
Depth Range Min
  • 49
Depth Range Max
  • 150
Length Max
  • 55