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Species: Heteroconger digueti, Cortez garden-eel, Pale green garden-eel

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LL pores unpigmented
gill opening in dark spot

Heteroconger digueti (Pellegrin, 1923)


Cortez garden-eel,     Pale green 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.

Light brown with a few whitish patches on head and several light bars on lower half of body; gill opening in a dark spot; anterior pores of lateral line surrounded by unpigmented areas, but not by white-pigmented halos.

Size: attains at least 63 cm.

Habitat: occurs on clean sandy bottoms.

Depth: 2-25 m.

The Gulf of California to central Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 63
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 25