Ariosoma anago   (Temminck & Schlegel,  1846) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max length: 60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Pale orange yellow or pale brownish to lighter below. Fins yellowish hyaline or pale.

Head 6.0-6.6, depth of body 15.0-16.4, both in total length. Head 1.7-1.8 in trunk. Head and trunk 2.3-2.4 in total length. Eye large, covered by skin, 4.6-5.4 in head, and 1.1-1.2 in blunt snout. Cleft of mouth reaching somewhat below middle of eye. Upper jaw slightly projecting beyond the lower. Anterior nostrils short, tubular, close to tip of snout; posterior nostrils in front of eye. Teeth small, pointed, maxillary in 2 or 3 series anteriorly, posteriorly in 1 or 2 series; intermaxillary teeth in a semilunar patch, vomerine teeth in a conical patch. Mandibles anteriorly with 4 or 5 irregular series and posteriorly with 1 or 2 series of teeth. Origin of dorsal fin above base of pectoral fins; dorsal and anal fins confluent with the short caudal fin. Pectoral fin 2.7 in head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Conger anago Schlegel, 1846
Ariosoma anago Smith, 1949
Congrellus anago Weber and de Beaufort, 1916
Congromuraena anago Day, 1878
Alloconger anagoides (non Bleeker, 1853)
(Misapplied name)
Anago anago (Temminck & Schlegel, 1846)
(Senior synonym)
Conger anago Temminck & Schlegel, 1846
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Musveng (Mahl)
• Sea Conger
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans, bony fish


• East Coast, Coromandel INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel (Lat: 14) (Long: 80.17) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

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