Animal Species:Largetooth Conger, Bathyuroconger vicinus (Vaillant, 1888)
The Large-tooth Conger can be recognised by the long pointed teeth on both jaws and long dorsal and anal fin rays. In Australia the species has been caught off north-western Western Australia.
Standard Common Name
The Large-tooth Conger can be recognised by the long pointed teeth on both jaws and long dorsal and anal fin rays. It is dark brown to black.
The species grows to at least 1.2 m in length.
It is recorded from the tropical Atlantic and Indo-West Pacific. In Australia the species has been caught off north-western Western Australia.
There are two additional specimens identified as B.vicinus in the Australian Museum Fish Collection. They were collected well out of the known range of the species. These 60 cm and 65 cm long fish were trawled in February 1979 at a depth of approximately 900 m, north-east of Raine Island, far northern Queensland.
Distribution by collection data
It is known to occur at depths from 229 m to 1318 m.
Feeding and Diet
The species preys on other fishes.
- Smith, D.G. 1989. Congridae in Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Part 9 Volume 1: Orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes. Sears Foundation for Marine Research, Yale University. Pp. 655.
- Smith, D.G., 1990. Congridae. in Quero, J.C., Hureau, J.C., Karrer, C., Post A. & L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1: 158-159.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow