Congresox talabon   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: FAO

Size: 50-300 cm.

Color: Head and body yellow, tinged with bronze, white below; dorsal and anal fins with narrow, black edges.

Body elongate, cylindrical in front, compressed along tail. Head very sharply conical, with the snout and lower jaw markedly lengthened forward so that the mouth is very large, extending to well beyond eye; no lips; eye moderate; teeth generally large, conspicuous, sharp, conical, more or less in three longitudinal rows on jaws and vomer (roof of mouth); outer tooth row on lower jaw leaning outwards; teeth of middle row on vomer needle-like (not blade-like) and prominent; tip of lower jaw with its large canines fits into notch in underside of snout when mouth is closed. Dorsal and anal fins continuous with caudal fin around tip of body; pectoral fins well developed and relatively large, their length about 2.5 to 3 times in length of head. Lateral line pores before level of anus 35 to 40. Vertebrae 143 to 149.

Synonym (s)
Conger talabon Cuvier, 1839
Muraenesox talabon Day, 1878
Conger talabon Cuvier, 1829
(Senior synonym)
Muraenesox talabon (Cuvier, 1829)
(Senior synonym)
Conger telabon Cuvier, 1829
Congresox telabon (Cuvier, 1829)
Muraenesox telabon (Cuvier, 1829)

Common Name (s)
• Yellow Pike Conger (English)
• Talabon (Telugu)
• Culim Poun (Telugu)
• Kotah (Tamil)
• Kulivi Pamboo (Tamil)
• Aarel (Malayalam)
• Vam (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed mainly fresh.)

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes and crustaceans


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 3 Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

Page last updated on:2012-01-03

Back to Search