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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Myrocongridae
T. N. Gill, 1890
Genus: Myroconger
Günther, 1870

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Myroconger is the only genus of eels, the thin eels, in the family Myrocongridae. Very little is known about the group.[1]

Until recently, only a single specimen from this family was known. This individual had been caught off St Helena in 1868. In the 1990s and 2000s, deep-sea submersibles identified several more individuals, including four further species.[2] The first known species, M. compressus, was bright red in colour, but not all other species share this trait.


The currently recognized species in this genus are:[3]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). "Myrocongridae" in FishBase. June 2011 version.
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Myroconger in FishBase. December 2012 version.