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Species: Heteroconger klausewitzi, Galapagos garden-eel

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brown + pale blotches head & front body
LL pores in white blotches
gill opening in black patch

Heteroconger klausewitzi Eibl-Eibesfeldt & Köster, 1983

Galapagos 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.

Head and body light to dark brown; several white blotches on head and on body below lateral line; anterior pores of lateral line surrounded by white-pigmented areas; gill opening in a black patch.

Size: reaches 70 cm.

Inhabits clean sand.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Costa Rica to Colombia; Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos Islands.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 70
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30