A new record of congrid eel, <i>Bathycongrus bleekeri</i> (Congridae) from Vietnam


  • Quang Van Vo Institute of Oceanography, VAST, Vietnam
  • Hsuan- Ching Ho
  • Hoa Hong Thi Tran
  • Thao Thu Thi Le
  • Thinh Cong Tran




Bathycongrus bleekeri, Congridae, new record.


Three specimens of Bathycongrus bleekeri were collected during the survey in 2015 and 2017. The newly recorded species is described herein, a small, moderately elongate species of Bathycongrus with head and body compressed; vertical fins without black mark; tail slender, attenuated, but not filiform; trunk length 1.2 times greater than head length; teeth small, conical, in about three-four rows on jaws, in a small triangular patch on vomer; 28–29 preanal vertebrae, total of 111–113 vertebrae; 26–28 preanal lateral-line pores. Additional data on the morphology and distribution of the species increases the total number of known species in the family Congridae in Vietnamese waters to twelve.


Download data is not yet available.


Metrics Loading ...


Smith, D. G., 1999. Congridae. In: Carpenter, K. E., & Niem, V. H., (Eds), FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific, 3, 1680–1687.

Castle, P. H. J., and Smith, D. G., 1999. A reassessment of the eels of the genus Bathycongrus in the Indo‐west Pacific. Journal of Fish Biology, 54(5), 973–995.

Smith, D. G., and Ho, H. C., 2018. The congrid eel genus Bathycongrus of Taiwan, with descriptions of three new species (Anguilliformes: Congridae). Zootaxa, 4454(1), 118–146.

Huang, J. F., Ho, H. C., Chang, Y. H., Smith, D. G., & Chen, H. M. (2018). Two new species of the conger eel genus Bathycongrus (Anguilliformes: Congridae) from Taiwan. Zootaxa, 4454(1), 107–117.

Karmovskaya, E. S., and Smith, D. G., 2008. Bathycongrus trimaculatus, a new congrid eel (Teleostei: Anguilliformes) from the southwestern Pacific, with a redescription of Bathycongrus bleekeri Fowler. Zootaxa, 1943(1), 26–36.

Karmovskaya, E. S., 2009. New records of congrid eels of the genus Bathycongrus (Congridae) in the west-central tropical part of the Pacific Ocean, with a description of three new species. Journal of Ichthyology, 49(2), 139–153.

Karmovskaya, E. S., 2011. New species of the genus Bathycongrus - B. parviporus (Congridae, Anguilliformes) - from waters of central Vietnam (Nha Trang and Van Phong bays). Journal of Ichthyology, 51(6), 417.–425.

Orsi, J. J., 1974. A check list of the marine and freshwater fishes of Vietnam. Publications of The Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, 21(3), 153–177.

Nguyen, H. P. and N. T. Nguyen, 1994. Check list of marine fishes of Vietnam. Science and Technics Publishing House. 270 p.

Le, T. T. T., V. Q. Vo, P. U. V. Nguyen, T. H. H. Tran and C. T. Tran, 2013. A checklist of the eels and morays (order: Anguilliformes) in the Vietnamese marine waters. Proceedings of the 5th Scientific Conference on Ecological and Biological Resources, Hanoi, pp. 282–294. (in Vietnamese).

Karmovskaya, E. S., 2015. New species of the genus Ariosoma, A. dolichopterum (Bathymyrinae), from the waters of Central Vietnam. Journal of ichthyology, 55(6), 906–910.

Smith, D. G., 1989. Family Congridae. In: Böhlke, E. B. (Ed), Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Memoir of the Sears Foundation for Marine Research, No. 1, Part 9, pp. 460–567.

Alcock, A. W., 1894. Natural history notes from H. M. Indian marine survey steamer, “Investigator”, Commander C. F. Oldham, R. N., commanding. Series II., No. 9. An account of the deep sea collection made during the season of 1892–93. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 62(4), 169–184.

Garman, S., 1899. The fishes. In: Reports on an exploration off the west coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and off the Galapagos islands. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 24(26), 1–431.

Fowler, H. W., 1933. Descriptions of new fishes obtained 1907 to 1910, chiefly in the Philippine Islands and adjacent seas. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 85, 233–367.




How to Cite

Vo, Q. V., Ho, H.-. C., Tran, H. H. T., Le, T. T. T., & Tran, T. C. (2019). A new record of congrid eel, <i>Bathycongrus bleekeri</i> (Congridae) from Vietnam. Vietnam Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 19(4A), 175–181. https://doi.org/10.15625/1859-3097/14597




Most read articles by the same author(s)