Actinopterygii (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); barnesi: Named for Anthony T. Barnes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 20 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Western Pacific: Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 121 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 33408)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 407 - 409;
Vertebrae: 201 - 219. This species slender, elongated, with the depth at the gills 1.1-1.6% of total length; a short head length, 11.2-14.1% of snout-anus length; mouth, as measured by front of upper jaw to rictus, is greater than 3.6% of snout-anus length; head pores are POM 5+4 and ST 2+1 (Ref. 58269).
Found in sand bottoms in about 5-20 m (Ref 90102).
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. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.2 - 29.3, mean 28.8 (based on 1004 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (65 of 100) .