Congresox talabonoides (Bleeker, 1853)
Indian pike conger
Congresox talabonoides
photo by Chua, E.

Family:  Muraenesocidae (Pike congers)
Max. size:  250 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 800 - 875 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: From the Red Sea to Java and Sulawesi (Ref. 9830) north to the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan (7238).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Vertebrae: 132-135. Body robust and eel-shaped; mouth very large, with gape reaching well beyond eye; dorsal fin inserted before gill-openings, 57-68 fin-rays before level of vent; pectoral fins relatively small, about 4 times in head length; lateral line pores before level of anus 41 or 42 (Ref. 4832).
Biology:  Found in coastal waters and estuaries, on soft bottom (Ref. 30573). Feeds at night, on bottom fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 30573). Marketed mainly fresh. Caught also by bag (dol) net.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 12.07.94
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 27.11.07
Checked by: Smith, David G. - 03.10.95

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