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Species Conger verreauxi Kaup, 1856

Southern Conger, Common Conger-eel, Conger Eel, Short-finned Conger-eel, Southern Conger Eel, Southern Conger-eel

  • Conger verreauxi Kaup, J.J. 1856. Uebersicht der Aale. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 22(1): 41-77 [72] [also appeared in Kaup, J. J. 1856. Catalogue of the apodal fish in the collection of the British Museum. London. Catalogue of the apodal fish in the collection of the British Museum.: 1-163, Pls. 1-19].
    Type data:
     Status unknown, whereabouts unknown, Australia.


Generic Combinations


Miscellaneous Literature Names



This species has frequently been misidentified as C. wilsoni and precise distribution records are uncertain.




New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

SE of Yamba, NSW (29°32'S, 153°29'E) to Kangaroo Island, SA (35°42'S, 136°44'E); temperate, south-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, inshore, pelagic, soft bottom.

Extra Ecological Information

1-120 m


General References

Adam, M.S., Merrett, N.R. & Andersen, C. 1998. Additions to the Fish Fauna of the Maldive Islands. Part 1: An annotated checklist of the deep demersal fishes of the Maldive Islands. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute, Grahamstown 67: 1-19 [8] (changed combination cited)

Castle, P.H.J. 1994. Families Serrivomeridae, Muraenidae, Nemichthyidae, Congridae. pp. 205-215 figs 182-191 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [212]

Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [212]

Hoese, D.F. & Gates, J.E. 2006. Congridae. pp. 287-297 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [292]

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. [30]

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [43] (315, as Leptocephalus wilsoni)

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp. [141]

Smith, D.G. 2008. Family Congridae. pp. 174-179 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [176]

Smith, D.G. & Stewart, A.L. 2015. Families Derichthyidae, Nemichthyidae, Congridae, Nettastomatidae, Serrivomeridae. pp. 259-290 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576. [277]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [36] (344, as Leptocephalus verreauxi; 345, as Leptocephalus wilsoni)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Mar-2019 ELOPOMORPHA 01-Oct-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese (AM)
23-Sep-2011 ANGUILLIFORMES 23-Sep-2011 MOVED Dr Dianne Bray
12-Feb-2010 (import)