Scopeloberyx opisthopterus (Parr, 1933)
photo by SFSA

Family:  Melamphaidae (Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
Max. size:  3.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 500 - 3000 m
Distribution:  Atlantic, Indian and Pacific: in tropical waters. South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Body slender blunted anteriorly, eye small. Gas bladder longer than stomach (Ref. 37108).
Biology:  Trawled below 500 m.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 06.03.96
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 06.03.08

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