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Heteroconger klausewitzi (Eibl-Eibiesfeldt and Köster, 1983)
Galapagos garden-eel

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Heteroconger klausewitzi
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Heteroconger klausewitzi

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Heteroconger klausewitzi
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Heteroconger klausewitzi

Main identification features
  • brown + pale blotches head and front body
  • lateral linepores in white blotches
  • gill opening in black patch
Body very elongate and cylindrical; smout very short; eye large, longer than snout, about 6.0-10.0 in head length; mouth reaching below front part of eye; teeth pointed, in narrow bands on jaws; teeth at front roof of mouth in 1-2 irregular longitudinal rows; teeth curved; pectoral fins very tiny, much smaller than pupil of eye; dorsal and anal fins low, confluent around tip of tail.

Light to dark brown; several white blotches on head and on body below lateral line; anterior pores of lateral line surrounded by white-pigmented areas; gill opening black patch.

Size: reaches 70 cm.

Inhabits clean sand.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Costa Rica to Colombia, and Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos Islands.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 30 m.
Depth Range Min: 5 m.
Diet: zooplankton.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=11; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=13; Longitudinal range=15.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Planktivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Sand & gravel; Soft bottom only; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove).
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 70 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); TEP endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Eibl-Eibesfeldt , I. and Köster, F., 1983., Taenioconger klausewitzi, a new garden-eel from the Galapagos., Charles Darwin Foundation, Noticias de Galápagos., 38:26-27.


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