Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Stomiidae
(Barbeled dragonfishes) > Melanostomiinae
Etymology: Eustomias: Greek, eu = good + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335). More on author: Regan, Trewavas.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic. Deep-water; 31°N - 27°S, 45°E - 60°W
Indo-Pacific: including Gulf of Mexico. Western Atlantic: equatorial and subtropical, the Caribbean, or east of Florida.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 34246); 15.3 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
The single-based branch of the barbel arises from a stem at 56-71% BL and ends to or beyond the barbel tip. Dendritic side filaments off main branch, usually with elongate ovoids or bulblets, growing wee distal to branch origin. The distal, unpigmented part of the bulb laterally flattened (Ref. 34246).
Known from mid water depths of 2000 m (Ref. 34246).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Clarke, T.A., 1999. Pelagic fishes of the genus Eustomias (Melanostomiidae) similar to Eustomias dendriticus Regan and Trewavas with the description of seven new species. Copeia 1999(4):1002-1013. (Ref. 34246)
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
): 2.2 - 4.3, mean 2.7 (based on 2076 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.3 ±0.8 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .