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  Common names: eel (English), pike-conger (English), morencio (Espanol), congrio (Espanol)
Cynoponticus coniceps (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Conehead eel,     Cone-head pike-conger,     Red pike-conger

Heavy bodied; tail ~ 60% of TL; large teeth and strong jaws teeth in multiple rows on jaws, large fang-like canines at front of jaws; 3 rows on roof of mouth, central row of about 15 very large triangular teeth with their tips angled to rear; large teeth at front of lower jaw fit into a notch on underside of snout; large, skin-covered eyes; front nostril tubular; rear nostril an elliptical hole before mid-eye; gill openings large, crescentic, low on side, nearly meet below; well developed pectorals centered on the upper edge of the gill openings; well developed dorsal and anal fins, continuous around tip of tail; dorsal origin over gill opening; conspicuous lateral line runs the length of the body, opens through systems of multiple pores, no pores apparent on head. 

Olive brown to greyish above and whitish below; dorsal and anal fins pale grey to brownish with dark margin.

Size: reaches 202 cm.

Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms.

Depth: 10-100 m.

Southern Baja, throughout the Gulf of California to northern Peru.


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