Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Congridae
(Conger and garden eels) > Heterocongrinae
Etymology: Heteroconger: Greek, heteros = other + Latin, conger = conger (Ref. 45335); balteatus: Specific name refers to the distinctive white oblique band or 'belt' on the trunk. More on authors: Castle & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 46 - ? m (Ref. 58018). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: Saudi Arabia, Red Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.1 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 158 - 161. Diagnostic features: Body with discrete, round to oval, orange spots, smaller and many anteriorly, larger and in a single row above and below the lateral line farther back; a distinct, oblique, white patch free of spots about 1/3 of the way along the trunk; pre-anal pores and vertebrae, 52-56; head length 15-18% of snout to anus length;
Burrows tail-first into the sand; feed on zooplankton, in regions of current (Ref. 33408).
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. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .