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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Superorder: Elopomorpha
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Colocongridae
Genus: Coloconger
Alcock, 1889

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The Colocongridae, the worm eels or short-tail eels are a family of eels, containing a single genus, Coloconger.

Colongrids are found in tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and West Pacific oceans. They are bottom-dwelling fish, living in waters from 300 to 900 m (980 to 2,950 ft) in depth.[1] Compared with other eels, they have relatively short and stubby bodies, with blunt snouts.


The nine known species are:[2]

Family Colocongridae

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McClosker, John F. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 89. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). "Colocongridae" in FishBase. June 2011 version.
  3. ^ UNIVERSAL FISH CATALOGUE - Coloconger saldanhai Quéro 2001