Daggertooth pike conger

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Daggertooth pike conger
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Muraenesocidae
Genus: Muraenesox
Species: M. cinereus
Binomial name
Muraenesox cinereus
(Forsskål, 1775)[1]

Muraena cinerea Forsskål, 1775

The dagger-tooth pike conger or conger pike, Muraenesox cinereus, is a type of eel.[2] They live on soft bottoms down to a depth of about 100 metres (330 ft). They commonly reach length of 150 cm (4.9 ft), but may grow as long as 200 cm (6.6 ft). It occurs in the Red Sea, on the coast of the northern Indian Ocean, and in the East Pacific from Indochina to Japan. It has also invaded the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.[3]

Culinary uses[edit]

Hamo (conger pike) with pickled plum.

Dagger-tooth pike conger is a major commercial species, with annual catches reaching about 350,000 tonnes in recent years. The countries reporting the largest landings were China and Taiwan.[3] It is a traditional food in Japanese cuisine, where it is known as hamo (ハモ, 鱧).[4]

Conger pike meat has been used as a co-ingredient in creating crab stick.


  1. ^ "Muraenesox cinereus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Muraenesox cinereus" in FishBase. September 2012 version.
  3. ^ a b "Muraenesox cinereus (Forsskal, 1775)". Species Fact Sheets. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. 2012. 
  4. ^ Davidson, Alan (2003). Seafood of South-East Asia: a comprehensive guide with recipes. Ten Speed Press. p. 34. ISBN 1-58008-452-4. 

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