Latin name

Conger myriaster

Other names

Conger myriaster


The lower jaw of these fishes is of moderate size, the teeth in the lower jaw are not exposed when closed. Above the upper lip there is a deep groove (appears curved). The teeth in the upper jaw are arranged almost in a single row. Lateral preanal pores 39-43. Vertebrae 142-148.

Features of fish fins

The dorsal and anal fins merge into the caudal fin. Pectoral fins are pointed. 

Fish colouring

The head and body are covered with large white spots. 


Widespread in the northwestern Pacific Ocean off Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the East China Sea.


Demersal oceanodromous fish of temperate latitudes. Occurs at depths of 320-830 m. Common on sandy-silt substrates off Japan.


Body length up to 1 m. Maximum reported age: 8 years. 


They are believed to feed on dead and rotting fish.

Food and feeding habits

These nocturnal predators feed primarily on fish, cephalopods and crustaceans.


Larvae are 120 mm long and are found in large numbers off the coast of Japan in early spring. Metamorphosis occurs from April to June at a length of about 130 mm and lasts about 20 days at 15°C. Length after metamorphosis is 83 mm.


A valuable target of fisheries and mariculture in Japan.

Relationship with a person

Considered the tastiest of the Сongers. Can be aggressive towards humans.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Anguilliformes
Family Congridae
Genus Conger
Species C. myriaster
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years 8
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 100
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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