Animal Species:Southern Conger, Conger verreauxi Haup, 1856

The Southern Conger is a nocturnal hunter that occurs in temperate marine waters of Australia.

Southern Conger from Batemans Bay

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Standard Common Name

Southern Conger

Alternative Name/s

Common Conger-eel, Conger Eel, Southern Conger Eel

Identification

The species closely resembles the Eastern Conger, Conger wilsoni. The position of the dorsal fin origin can be used to distinguish between these species. In the Eastern Conger the dorsal fin starts slightly behind the pectoral fin tip while in the Southern Conger the dorsal fin begins above the tip of the pectoral fin. Other differences include the number of vertebrae, lateral line pores and dorsal fin ray counts.

Size range

The species grows to a maximum length of 2 m.

Similar Species

Eastern Conger, Conger wilsoni

Distribution

The Southern Conger occurs in southern marine waters of Australia and New Zealand.

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Southern Conger specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

The species feeds at night on fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods.

Classification

Species:
verreauxi
Genus:
Conger
Family:
Congridae
Order:
Anguilliformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. Pp. 437.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Castle, P.H.J. in Gomon, M.F. J.C.M. Glover & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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