Pale green eel

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Pale green eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Congridae
Genus: Heteroconger
Species: H. digueti
Binomial name
Heteroconger digueti
(Pellegrin, 1923)
  • Taenioconger digueti Pellegrin, 1923

The pale green eel (Heteroconger digueti), also known as the pale garden eel or the Cortez garden eel,[2] is an eel in the family Congridae (conger/garden eels).[3] It was described by Jacques Pellegrin in 1923, originally under the genus Taenioconger.[4] It is a nonmigratory marine, deepwater-dwelling eel which is known from the eastern central Pacific Ocean, including the Gulf of California and Mexico. It dwells at a depth of 230 to 275 m (755 to 902 ft) and inhabits sandy sediments near reefs in large colonies. Males can reach a maximum total length of 63 cm (25 in).[3]

The pale green eel's diet consists of zooplankton.[5] Despite its restricted range, the IUCN redlist currently lists the species as Least Concern due to its common local occurrence, and the lack of known major threats.[6]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Heteroconger digueti at
  2. ^ Common names for Heteroconger digueti at
  3. ^ a b Heteroconger digueti Archived 2013-07-01 at at
  4. ^ Pellegrin, J., 1923 [ref. 15423] Sur un poisson apode nouveau du golfe de Californie et sa biologie. Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences v. 177: 789-790.
  5. ^ Food items reported for Heteroconger digueti at
  6. ^ Heteroconger digueti at the IUCN redlist.