Bolinichthys supralateralis (Parr, 1928)
Stubby lanternfish
Bolinichthys supralateralis
photo by JAMARC

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Lampanyctinae
Max. size:  11.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 40 - 850 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: single record at 45°41'N, 13°42'W (Ref. 4775); also between 14°N and 6°S. Western Atlantic: in tropical waters north to about 40°N; also between 34°S and 40°S (Ref. 4775). Western Indian Ocean: Agulhas Current (Ref. 4066) and at least between 28°S and 30°S. Eastern Indian Ocean: near Tasmania. Pacific: near Hawaii. Recorded in South China Sea near the Tungsha Islands (Ref. 39633).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-15. Total anal organs 8-10; three to 6 small elongate patches of luminous tissue along base of anal fin which originate at the 4th ray; supracaudal gland short, with 2-3 scales, infracaudal gland with 3-5 scales reaching below last or next to last posterior anal organ (Ref. 39633).
Biology:  High-oceanic species found between 375 and 750 during the day and between 40 and 650 at night (Ref. 4775). Mesopelagic (Ref. 75154). Large individuals are non-migratory (Ref. 4775).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 July 2012 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 18.02.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 06.12.96

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