Castleichthys auritus Smith, 2004
Eared conger
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Family:  Congridae (Conger and garden eels), subfamily: Congrinae
Max. size:  28.8 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range - 396 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 128-128. This species is distinguished by having the following characters: moderately elongate body; preanal length less than 40% TL; tip of tail slender and flexible, but not greatly attenuate or filiform; well developed pectoral fin; origin of dorsal slightly behind tip of appressed pectoral fin; segmented dorsal and anal-fin rays; equal jaws, rictus below middle of eye; flange present on upper lip; no papillae or plicae on skin of head; relatively large eyes; posterior nostril at mid-eye level; small teeth, not caniniform nor molariform; uniserial maxillary teeth, mandibular teeth uniserial for most of length (Ref. 76855).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 15 August 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.01.09

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