Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Congridae
(Conger and garden eels) > Bathymyrinae
Etymology: Chiloconger: Greek, cheilos = lip + Latin, conger = conger (Ref. 45335). More on author: Garman.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 27 - 2198 m (Ref. 58018), usually 27 - 247 m (Ref. 96339). Tropical
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.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9292)
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).
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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Smith, D.G. and E.S. Karmovskaya, 2003. A new genus and two new species of congrid eels (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Congridae) from the Indo-West Pacific, with a redescription and osteology of Chiloconger dentatus. Zootaxa 343:1-19. (Ref. 50529)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 12.3 - 26, mean 16.2 °C (based on 74 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00110 (0.00044 - 0.00272), b=3.07 (2.85 - 3.29), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .