Congresox talabon (Cuvier, 1829)
Yellow pike conger
Congresox talabon
photo by FAO

Family:  Muraenesocidae (Pike congers)
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 100 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Sri Lanka and the Bay of Bengal to Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Vertebrae: 143-149. Mouth very large, upper jaw reaches well behind eye (Ref. 4832). Length of pectoral fin about 3.2 in head; lateral line pores before anus 41-42; dorsal fin rays before anus 70-75 (Ref. 9830). Dorsal fin inserted before gill-openings (Ref. 4832).
Biology:  Found in coastal waters and in estuaries, over soft bottoms. Nocturnal, feeding mainly on bottom fishes and crustaceans. Marketed mainly fresh; no separate statistics available (Ref. 7238; 9830). Minimum depth assumed from its ecology.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 08.07.94
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 26.02.20
Checked by: Smith, David G. - 03.10.95

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