Swollen-headed conger eel

The Swollen-headed conger eel, Bassanago bulbiceps, is a conger of the family Congridae, found on the soft bottom of the continental slopes around southern Australia and New Zealand. Its length is between 15.75 and 23.62 in (40 and 60 cm).

As its common name implies, the swollen-headed conger eel’s head is swollen, especially when viewed from above, and this is the main distinguishing feature of this species. The origin of the dorsal fin is directly above the base of the pectoral fin. The lateral line pores are located on the end of short tubes.

The eels are pale grey-brown tinged with pink and speckled with brown above.

Illustration by Dr Tony Ayling