Short-tail Conger, Coloconger scholesi Chan 1967

Other Names: Indo-Pacific Shorttail Conger, Shorttail Conger

A Short-tail Conger, Coloconger scholesi, from off northwestern Western Australia, CSIRO H 6577-02. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A dark greyish to blackish-brown eel with a very short tail.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Coloconger scholesi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 May 2024,

Short-tail Conger, Coloconger scholesi Chan 1967

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Exmouth Plateau to NW of Port Hedland, Western Australia, and east of Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland, to east of Batemans Bay, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, temperate, Indo-west Pacific: Madagascar east to Papua New Guinea and northern Australia.


Vertebrae 142-157. 

Species Citation

Coloconger scholesi Chan 1967, Journal of Natural History 1: 99, figs 1-14. Type locality: South China Sea, about 270 miles north of Kuching, Sarawak state, Borneo, East Malaysia, 6°1.8'N, 109°57.4'E, depth 450-456 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Short-tail Conger, Coloconger scholesi Chan 1967


Castle, P.H.J. 1986. Family No. 40 Congridae. pp. 161-165, Pl. 7) in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls.

Chan, W.L. 1967. A new species of congrid eel from the South China Sea. Journal of Natural History 1: 97-112 figs 1-14

Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. & Wantiez, L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) Neue Serie 4: 341-463 

López, J.A., Westneat, M.W. & Hanel, R. 2007. The phylogenetic affinities of the mysterious anguilliform genera Coloconger and Thalassenchelys as supported by mtDNA sequences. Copeia 2007(4): 959–966

Smith, D.G. 1989. Family Congridae. pp. 460–567 in Böhlke, E.B. (ed.) Orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes. Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Sears Foundation for Marine Research, Yale University, Pt 9, Vol. 1. 655 pp.

Smith, D.G. 1999. Families Colocongridae, Derichthyidae, Muraenesocidae, Nemichtyhyidae, Congridae, Nettastomatidae, Serrivomeridae, Cyematidae, Saccopharyngidae, Eurypharyngidae, Monognathidae. pp. 1670-1697 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

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CAAB Code:37067034

Depth:402-1043 m

Habitat:Benthic. continental slope

Max Size:51 cm TL

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