Diaphus perspicillatus (Ogilby, 1898)
Transparent lantern fish
Diaphus perspicillatus
photo by Dubosc, J.

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Lampanyctinae
Max. size:  7.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 1500 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Western Sahara to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (Agulhas Water pockets). Western Atlantic: USA to Argentina; between 27°30'N and 35°56'S (Ref. 47377). Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Eastern Pacific: Near Hawaii. Western Pacific: 36°N and 1°S southwards to East Australian Current. Western Indian Ocean: west of 70°E between 7°N-25°S, and in Agulhas Current to 37°S. South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 14-16
Biology:  Oceanic, found between 375-750 m during the day and nyctoepipelagic at surface down to 125 m (Ref. 4479). Mesopelagic at 0-240 m at night, 315-1500 m during day (Ref. 58302). Seem to reach sexual maturity at a length between 5 and 5.5 cm (Ref. 47377).
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. - 19.02.93
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 15.08.94

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