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  • Astroconger myriaster  Brevoot, 1856, (original description).
    FAO Names
    En - Whitespotted conger, Fr - Congre du Pacifique nord-ouest, Sp - Congrio del Pacífico.
    3Alpha Code: ELS     Taxonomic Code: 1431300105
    Diagnostic Features
    Body elongate, anterior half of body cylindrical, tail compressed. Tip of snout blint, protruding beyond mouth. 8-9 gillrakers. Mouth rather large, the gape reaching to a vertical through posterior margin of eye. Upper lip with well defined upturned labial flange. Upper jaw longer than the lower. Premaxillary patch of teeth enclosed within closed mouth. Anterior nostril tubular, on lateral side near tip of snout; the posterior without tube, opening in front of middle of eye.  Teeth in jaws conical. Maxillary and lower jaw with 2 tooth rows anteriorly, a single row posteriorly. Vomerine tooth band short, 3-4 rows anteriorly.  Dorsal inserted above middle of pectoral fin. Pectoral fin shorte.  Lateral line pores each placed in whitish spots a row of whitish spots reguraly placed along side of back and nape; 40-42 preanal pores.  Colour body dark brown above, ligher below, posterior half of pectoral fin pale. 
    Geographical Distribution

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    Northward to Hokkaido, Korea, East China Sea.
    Habitat and Biology
    Benthic on the shelf on rocky or sandy bottoms at320-830 m.
    To about 71 cm; common 35 to 50 cm.
    Interest to Fisheries
    Captured and cultured for fishery in Japan. Caught with trawl nets or deep sea lines as food fish. The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 10 160 t. The countries with the largest catches were Korea, Republic of (10 160 t).
    Local Names
    Japanese : Ma-anago .
    This species is easily distinguishable from other japanese species in having sensory pores surrounded by conspicuous whitish free areas.
    Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2003. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org
    Machida, Y. - 1984 Congridae. In: O. Okamura; T. Kitajima (eds.). Fishes of the Okinawa troug and the adjacent waters. Japan Fisheries Resorce Conservation Association, Vol. I: 92, 334.
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