; subclass Actinopterygii, order Anguilliformes)
A large family of marine fish which in profile resemble the common eels, but in which the dorsal fin originates above the tip of the pectoral fin. The skin bears no scales (that of common eels possesses minute scales). Congers live mainly in rocky coastal waters and are voracious predators. There are about 100 species, with a world-wide distribution.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.