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 eel with black dorsal, anal and caudal fins, relatively long dorsal and anal-fin rays, and long pointed teeth in both jaws.

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Largetooth Conger, Bathyuroconger vicinus (Vaillant 1888)

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Recorded in Australia from off Western Australia (NW of the Houtman Abrohlos Islands to NW of North West Cape), NE of Raine Island off Cape York, Queensland, and off Babel Island, Tasmania. Elsewhere, the species occurs worldwide in all major oceans, usually in deep water typically over sandy bottoms (depth range 120-1318 m worldwide, usually 900-1000 m).


Occasionally taken as bycatch in deep-sea trawls.

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.


Dianne J. Bray

Largetooth Conger, Bathyuroconger vicinus (Vaillant 1888)


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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.

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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.

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

Behaviour:850-1140 m (Australia)

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Deep-sea bottom dweller

Max Size:120 cm TL

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