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Species: Heteroconger canabus, Cape garden-eel, White ring garden-eel

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dark brown
front LL pores in white rings
gill opening in black spot

Heteroconger canabus (Cowan & Rosenblatt, 1974)

Cape garden-eel, White ring garden-eel

Body very elongate, compressed; tail much longer than head and trunk; head short; snout very short; mouth very short (not reaching rear of eye), oblique, lower jaw only a little projecting; teeth in broad bands an jaw and roof of mouth; top lip flanges continuous across front of snout and enclosing front (tubular) nostrils and a pair of pores above the nostrils; rear nostril a hole before eye; pectoral fins present as tiny (much smaller than eye) skin flaps; tip of tail stiff, with obvious but small tail fin; dorsal and anal fins sometimes confluent with tail fin; a complete lateral line, numerous pores, 1 for each vertebra.

Dark brown, changing to pale brown at rear; a narrow white bar under front of dorsal fin; gill opening in a black spot;  pectoral black; an oblique white bar on head and a whitish patch before pectoral fin; anterior pores of lateral line surrounded by halos of whit pigment.

Size: to 80 cm.

Profundidad: occurs on clean sandy slopes.

Depth: 3-20 m.

SW Gulf of California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 80
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 20