The Southern Conger is a nocturnal hunter that occurs in temperate marine waters of Australia.
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.
The Southern Conger occurs in southern marine waters of Australia and New Zealand.
Feeding and diet
The species feeds at night on fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods.
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