Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Congridae
(Conger and garden eels) > Heterocongrinae
Etymology: Gorgasia: From Greek mithology, Gorgas, -ados = the Gorgone´s head (Ref. 45335); taiwanensis: Named after its type locality, Taiwan (Ref. 31552).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 14 - 22 m (Ref. 33408). Subtropical
Northwest Pacific: Taiwan and southern Japan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 74.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 31552)
Vertebrae: 156 - 167. Dorsal fin rays 458-469; anal fin rays 267-295. Pectoral fins short. Pores of lateral line very small but well-spaced. Bluish-gray with numerous small bronze-yellow spots; ventral part of head and trunk as well as the tip of caudal more bright and with fewer or smaller spots; lips dark brown, nearly black; eye rimmed with black, especially the upper posterior part; pectoral and gill opening brownish yellow; dorsal and anal fins clear with yellow spots, especially basally, the distal end with an interrupted narrow blackish margin (Ref. 31552). Body diameter to about 15 mm (Ref. 48635).
Identified by shape of the snout (Ref. 47567).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Castle, P.H.J. and J.E. Randall, 1999. Revision of Indo-Pacific garden eels (Congridae: Heterocongrinae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (30):52 p. (Ref. 33408)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 20.2 - 29.2, mean 28.5 °C (based on 777 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100).