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Trophic Strategy

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Found on muddy or sandy bottoms of the continental slope. Feeds on benthic invertebrates and probably small fishes.
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Biology

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Found on muddy or sandy bottoms of the continental slope. Adults feed on benthic invertebrates and probably small fishes.
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Importance

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fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family
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Gnathophis mystax

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Gnathophis mystax, the thinlip conger or blacktailed conger,[2] is an eel in the family Congridae (conger/garden eels).[3] It was described by François Étienne Delaroche in 1809, originally under the genus Muraena.[4] It is a subtropical, marine eel which is known from the eastern Atlantic Ocean, including southern Portugal, the Mediterranean, and Morocco. It dwells at a depth range of 75–800 metres, and inhabits mud and sand on the continental slope. Males can reach a maximum total length of 60 centimetres, but more commonly reach a TL of 35 centimetres.[3]

The thinlip conger feeds on crustaceans including crabs such as Goneplax rhomboides, shrimp and prawns such as Alpheus glaber, Calocaris macandreae, Processa canaliculata, and mysids. It also feeds on polychaetes, bony fish and other invertebrates.[5] Spawning occurs between August and October.[6]

The thinlip conger is sometimes harvested by fisheries.[3]

References

  1. ^ Synonyms of Gnathophis mystax at www.fishbase.org.
  2. ^ Common names for Gnathophis mystax at www.fishbase.org.
  3. ^ a b c Gnathophis mystax at www.fishbase.org.
  4. ^ Delaroche, F. E., 1809 [ref. 17380] Suite du mémoire sur les espèces de poissons observées à Iviça. Observations sur quelques-uns des poissons indiqués dans le précédent tableau et descriptions des espèces nouvelles ou peu connues. Annales du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris v. 13: 313-361, Pls. 20-25.
  5. ^ Food items reported for Gnathophis mystax at www.fishbase.org.
  6. ^ Spawning for Gnathophis mystax at www.fishbase.org.
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Gnathophis mystax: Brief Summary

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Gnathophis mystax, the thinlip conger or blacktailed conger, is an eel in the family Congridae (conger/garden eels). It was described by François Étienne Delaroche in 1809, originally under the genus Muraena. It is a subtropical, marine eel which is known from the eastern Atlantic Ocean, including southern Portugal, the Mediterranean, and Morocco. It dwells at a depth range of 75–800 metres, and inhabits mud and sand on the continental slope. Males can reach a maximum total length of 60 centimetres, but more commonly reach a TL of 35 centimetres.

The thinlip conger feeds on crustaceans including crabs such as Goneplax rhomboides, shrimp and prawns such as Alpheus glaber, Calocaris macandreae, Processa canaliculata, and mysids. It also feeds on polychaetes, bony fish and other invertebrates. Spawning occurs between August and October.

The thinlip conger is sometimes harvested by fisheries.

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Habitat

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Known from seamounts and knolls
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Stocks, K. 2009. Seamounts Online: an online information system for seamount biology. Version 2009-1. World Wide Web electronic publication.
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