Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Myrocongridae
(Atlantic red eels)
Etymology: Myroconger: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Latin, conger = conger (Ref. 45335); nigrodentatus: Specific name refers to the internal dark pigment of the jaw and intermaxillary teeth.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 50 - 250 m (Ref. 57763), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 36.6 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 213;
Vertebrae: 123. body rather robust, relatively short snout, teeth on intermaxillary, maxilla and dentary prominent and sharp, many with dark brown to black internal pigment; a single row of small teeth on vomer; a moderately large, almost horizontal slit-like branchial aperture; precaudal vertebrae 50.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Castle, P.H.J. and P. Béarez, 1995. Two new species of Myroconger (Anguilliformes, Myrocongridae) from the Pacific Ocean. Cybium 19(3):211-222. (Ref. 26785)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 13.7 - 14.8, mean 14.1 °C (based on 4 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .