Enigma garden eel

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Enigma garden eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Congridae
Genus: Heteroconger
Species: H. enigmaticus
Binomial name
Heteroconger enigmaticus
Castle & Randall, 1999

The enigma garden eel[1] (Heteroconger enigmaticus) is an eel in the family Congridae (conger/garden eels).[2] It was described by Peter Henry John Castle and John Ernest Randall in 1999.[3] It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from the western Pacific Ocean, including Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It dwells at a depth range of 3 to 25 m (9.8 to 82.0 ft), and inhabits regions with dark, silty sand and seagrass of the genus Holiphila. Males can reach a maximum total length of 43.7 cm (17.2 in), while females can reach 41.6 cm (16.4 in).[2]


  1. ^ Common names of Heteroconger enigmaticus at www.fishbase.org.
  2. ^ a b Heteroconger enigmaticus at www.fishbase.org.
  3. ^ Castle, P. H. J. and J. E. Randall, 1999 (Sept.) [ref. 24042] Revision of Indo-Pacific garden eels (Congridae: Heterocongrinae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes No. 30: 1-52, Pls. I-III.