Castleichthys auritus  Smith, 2004

Eared conger
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Congridae (Conger and garden eels) > Congrinae
Etymology: Castleichthys: Named for the late P.H.J. Castle, who located the specimen described here and recognized its novelty, but was unable to complete the description himself.. Also in recognition of his many contributions to our knowledge of eels and eel larvae.;  auritus: Name from Latin 'auritus' meaning eared, refers to the large, conspicuous pectoral fins, which resemble the ears of a rabbit or a mule; an adjective.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range ? - 396 m (Ref. 76855).   Tropical

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.8 cm TL (female)

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Vertebrae: 128. This species is distinguished by having the following characters: moderately elongate body; preanal length less than 40% TL; tip of tail slender and flexible, but not greatly attenuate or filiform; well developed pectoral fin; origin of dorsal slightly behind tip of appressed pectoral fin; segmented dorsal and anal-fin rays; equal jaws, rictus below middle of eye; flange present on upper lip; no papillae or plicae on skin of head; relatively large eyes; posterior nostril at mid-eye level; small teeth, not caniniform nor molariform; uniserial maxillary teeth, mandibular teeth uniserial for most of length (Ref. 76855).

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Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Smith, D.G., 2004. A new genus and species of congrid eel (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Congridae) from western Australia. Rec. Aust. Mus. 56:143-146. (Ref. 76855)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00068 (0.00030 - 0.00153), b=3.16 (2.96 - 3.36), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .