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Muraenesox bagio  (Hamilton, 1822)

Common pike conger
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Australia country information

Common names: Common pike conger, Common pike eel, Pike eel
Occurrence: native
Salinity: brackish
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Museum: CSIRO CA1088. Found from North West Cape to Darwin, W.A. (Ref. 5978), and from Murchison River, W.A. to Shoalhaven River, N.S.W. (Ref. 7300). Also Ref. 33390.
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Country Information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
National Fisheries Authority:
Occurrences: Occurrences Point map
Main Ref: Hoese, D.F., D.J. Bray, J.R. Paxton and G.R. Allen, 2006
National Database:

Classification / Names

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Muraenesocidae (Pike congers)
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL

Main reference

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 200 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 559); common length : 150 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2871); max. published weight: 7.1 kg (Ref. 40637)

Environment

Marine; brackish; demersal; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range ? - 100 m (Ref. 9830)

Climate / Range

Tropical

Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to the Philippines and Japan, south to New Guinea, the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819), Australia, New Caledonia and Fiji.
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Short description

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Anal spines: 0; Vertebrae: 128 - 141. Body robust and eel-shaped; snout long; eye diameter 3 times in snout length (Ref. 4832). Head narrower, interorbital width about 10 times in head; lateral-line pores before anus 33-39; dorsal-fin rays before anus 47-49 (Ref. 9830). Posterior nostrils only slightly nearer to eye than to anterior nostrils; mouth very large; teeth generally large and conspicuous (Ref. 4832).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in coastal waters, including estuaries; sublittoral above 100 m (Ref. 11230). Feeds on benthic fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 9830). Nocturnal. Known to attack fishers or anglers after being captured (Ref. 6590). Also caught by drift net and bag (dol) nets. Marketed mainly fresh.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

Threat to humans

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Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805)
PD50 = 0.6250 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)

Trophic Level (Ref. 69278)
4.0   ±0.67 se; Based on food items.

Resilience (Ref. 69278)
High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Fec=17,475)

Vulnerability (Ref. 59153)
High to very high vulnerability (71 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Medium