Froghead eel

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Froghead eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Colocongridae
Genus: Coloconger
Species: C. raniceps
Binomial name
Coloconger raniceps
Alcock, 1889

The froghead eel[1] (Coloconger raniceps) is an eel in the family Colocongridae (worm eels/short-tail eels).[2] It was described by Alfred William Alcock in 1889.[3] It is a marine, deep-water dwelling eel which is known from the Indo-west Pacific, including East Africa, Madagascar, and southern Japan.[2] It dwells at a depth range of 300–1134 metres. Males can reach a maximum total length of 50 centimetres.[2]


  1. ^ Common names for Coloconger raniceps at
  2. ^ a b c Coloconger raniceps at
  3. ^ Alcock, A. W., 1889 (1 Dec.) [ref. 20525] Natural history notes from H. M. Indian marine survey steamer `Investigator,' Commander Alfred Carpenter, R. N., D. S. O., commanding.--No. 13. On the bathybial fishes of the Bay of Bengal and neighbouring waters, obtained during the seasons 1885-1889. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 6) v. 4 (no. 24): 450-461.