Congresox talabon (Cuvier, 1829)
Yellow pike conger
photo by FAO

 Family:  Muraenesocidae (Pike congers)
 Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range - 100 m, amphidromous
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Sri Lanka and the Bay of Bengal to Indonesia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Vertebrae: 143-149. Mouth very large, upper jaw reaches well behind eye (Ref. 4832). Length of pectoral fin about 3.2 in head; lateral line pores before anus 41-42; dorsal fin rays before anus 70-75 (Ref. 9830). Dorsal fin inserted before gill-openings (Ref. 4832).
 Biology:  Found in coastal waters and in estuaries, over soft bottoms. Nocturnal, feeding mainly on bottom fishes and crustaceans. Marketed mainly fresh; no separate statistics available (Ref. 7238; 9830).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 08.07.94
 Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 19.08.09
 Checked by: Smith, David G. - 03.10.95

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