Largetooth Conger, Bathyuroconger vicinus (Vaillant 1888)

Other Names: Large-toothed Conger

Largetooth Conger, Bathyuroconger vicinus. Source: Australian National fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A large greyish to dark brown conger eel with long pointed teeth, including strong fang-like teeth on the intermaxillary, black dorsal, anal and caudal fins, and relatively long dorsal and anal-fin rays.

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Largetooth Conger, Bathyuroconger vicinus (Vaillant 1888)

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NW of Geraldton to N of Exmouth, Western Australia), NE of Raine Island, Queensland, to off Babel Island, Tasmania. Elsewhere, the species is worldwide in all major oceans (except the Eastern Pacific), usually in deep water typically over soft sediment areas to a depth of 1318 m (mostly 900-1000 m).


Head large, 


Occasionally taken as bycatch in deep-sea trawls.


The specific name is from the Latin vicinus (= near, neighbouring), possibly in reference to the presumed relationship of this species with Uroconger lepturus.

Species Citation

Uroconger vicinus Vaillant, 1888, Expéditions Scientifiques du Travailleur et du Talisman: 86, pl.6 (figs. 1, 1a-b). Type locality: coasts of Souda, Argnin Bank and Cape Verde Islands.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Largetooth Conger, Bathyuroconger vicinus (Vaillant 1888)


Castle, P.H.J. & Smith, D.G. 1999. A reassessment of the eels of the genus Bathycongrus in the Indo-west Pacific. Journal of Fish Biology 54(5): 973-995.

Karmovskaya, E.S. 2004. Benthopelagic bathyal conger eels of families Congridae and Nettastomatidae from the Western Tropical Pacific, with descriptions of ten new species. Journal of Ichthyology 44(1): S1-S32. 

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. 2010. Bathyuroconger vicinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154673A4602802. Accessed on 11 November 2022.

Smith, D.G., Ho, H.-C. & Tashiro, F. 2018. Eels of the genus Bathyuroconger in the northwestern Pacific, with descriptions of four new species (Anguilliformes: Congridae). Zootaxa 4454(1): 147-167

Smith, D.G. & Stewart, A.L. 2015. Families Derichthyidae, Nemichthyidae, Congridae, Nettastomatidae, Serrivomeridae. pp. 259-290 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576.

 Vaillant, L.L. 1888. Expéditions Scientifiques du Travailleur et du Talisman pendant les années 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883. Paris : G. Masson 406 pp. 28 pls. See ref at BHL

Weber, M. & de Beaufort, L.F. 1916. The Fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Ostariophysi: II. Cyprinoidea, Apodes, Synbranchi. Leiden : Brill Vol. 3 455 pp. 214 figs. (described as Uroconger braueri)

Williams, A., Last, P.R., Gomon, M.F. & Paxton, J.R. 1996. Species composition and checklist of the demersal ichthyofauna of the continental slope off Western Australia (20–35º). Records of the Western Australian Museum 18: 135-155.

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CAAB Code:37067033

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:850-1318 m

Habitat:Benthopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:120 cm TL

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