conger eel

Scientific name Conger conger
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Congridae
Genus Conger
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Introduction

Conger conger, commonly known as conger eel, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    150 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    15 year
  • Shape
    Serpentiform
  • Average size
    150 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    15 year
  • Shape
    Serpentiform

How to recognize the conger eel ?

The conger eel measures between 150 and 300 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

The conger eel hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The conger eel is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

The conger eel is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Migratory species
    Yes

The conger eel is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
    No
  • Bite
    Yes

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    5 - 500 m

Biotope presentation

The conger eel is most often found at a depth between 5m and 500m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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