Common names: conger (English), congrio (Espanol)
Gnathophis cinctus (Garman, 1899)
Hard-tail conger, Catalina's conger
Head pointed; tail > 60% of TL; snout long, overhanging, with ventral keel; eye large, well back on head; mouth ~ horizontal; top lip with narrow flange; teeth simple, conical, in bands on both jaws; length of elongate tooth patch at front roof of mouth ~ 1/3 that of jaw tooth bands; front nostril a tube pointing down and forwards, rear nostril an oval hole immediately before eye, at or above mid-eye level; top of gill opening below top of pectoral fin base; pectorals well developed; dorsal fin origin over rear end of pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins with segmented rays, confluent with tail fin; tail slender at end, tip slightly stiff, with small fin; lateral line complete, 1 or more front lateral line pores elevated.
Uniform pale grey-brown.
Size: 42 cm.
Habitat: burrows in loose sand.
Depth: 10-370 m.
California to Chile, including the W Gulf of California; the Galapagos.