Chiloconger dentatus (Garman, 1899)
Shortsnout conger
Chiloconger dentatus
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Congridae (Conger and garden eels), subfamily: Bathymyrinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 27 - 2198 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: western coast of Mexico, Central and South America from the southern Gulf of California to Colombia. Not recorded from any of the oceanic islands of the eastern Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Vertebrae: 118-122. Moderately elongate, small species with short, bluntly-rounded snout and a dark margin on the dorsal fin anteriorly. Preanal lateral line pores 19-27, predorsal length 20-26% TL (Ref. 50529). Caudal fin broadly rounded (Ref. 50529).
Biology:  Adults are secretive and bottom-dwelling and prefer soft substrata where they can burrow with their tails (Ref. 28023). Oviparous, with planktonic leptocephali (Ref. 35590).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 May 2007 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 23.06.95
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 24.10.14

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