|Class: Fishes: 4
||Diet: Fish, crustaceans,
m (9 ft)
|Family: No Fish family
waters, often close to rocks
North Atlantic Ocean: coasts from Iceland to Northern Africa; Mediterranean
large, fairly common fish on rocky shores, the conger eel has a scaleless,
cylindrical body, prominent pectoral fins and a long-based dorsal fin,
which originates well forward near the head. The upper jaw overlaps the
lower. The conger feeds on fish, crustaceans, particularly crabs, and octopus.
Usually found in shallow water, adult congers migrate to deeper water to
spawn. The eggs hatch into transparent larvae, which drift in surface waters
for 1 to 2 years before they develop into small eels.