Aphanopus microphthalmus Norman, 1939
Smalleye scabbardfish
photo by FAO

Family:  Trichiuridae (Cutlassfishes), subfamily: Aphanopodinae
Max. size:  100 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 810 - 1022 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: in tropical areas. Western Central Pacific: Southeast Asia. References to a catch from Walvis Ridge in the southeastern Atlantic are based on a single specimen from the collection of Pakhorukov that requires confirmation.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 41-43; Dorsal soft rays (total): 53-55; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 43-46; Vertebrae: 99-102. Pelvic fins represented by a single spine in juveniles inserted before the base of the pectoral fins, but entirely absent in adults. Body color is coppery black with iridescent tint. The inside of the mouth and gill cavities black.
Biology:  Inhabits deeper waters of continental shelf and slope (Ref. 27121).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 05.11.93
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 12.09.08
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 10.09.98

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