Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Congridae
(Conger and garden eels) > Bathymyrinae
Etymology: Kenyaconger: Named for the east African nation of Kenya, off whose coastthe type species was collected.; heemstrai: Named for Philip C. Heemstra who collected and preserved the holotype while on board the 'Fridjof Nansen'; in recognition of his many contributions to our knowledge of the fishes of the western Indian Ocean (Ref. 50529).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range ? - 275 m (Ref. 50529). Deep-water
Western Indian Ocean: off Kenya.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 26.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 50529)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 139. The species has the following characters: snout short, bluntly rounded; posterior nostril opening ventrally from a tube on upper lip behind labial flange; maxillary and mandibular teeth biserial anteriorly, uniserial posteriorly, compressed and incisor-like, closely appressed (Ref. 50529).
Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Smith, D.G. and E.S. Karmovskaya, 2003. A new genus and two new species of congrid eels (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Congridae) from the Indo-West Pacific, with a redescription and osteology of Chiloconger dentatus. Zootaxa 343:1-19. (Ref. 50529)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00115 (0.00045 - 0.00294), b=3.07 (2.85 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .