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); prolixus: From the Latin prolixus, "long bodied".
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 260 - 280 m (Ref. 26785), usually - m (Ref. ). Deep-water; 0°C -
Western Pacific: off New Caledonia, Kaiyo Maru Seamount.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 38.3 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 239;
Vertebrae: 147. very slender body, relatively long snout, very slender neurocranium, prominent and sharp teeth, especially those on intermaxillary and inner row of maxilla and dentary; precaudal vertebrae 71.
Unique female specimen, with ova, trawled at the Kaiyo Maru Seamount, off New Caledonia (Ref. 26785).
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
): 11.5 - 16.2, mean 15.1 °C (based on 203 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 (28 of 100) .