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); medusa: Named for its numerous filaments arising from the distal bulb; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 710 m (Ref. 11333). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11333); 15.2 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 38;
Vertebrae: 68. Two terminal bulbs separated by an interspace, 1.4-3.6 times the length of distal bulb. Barbel length mostly 36-65% SL. Terminal filaments 7-10, arising together from distal bulb or from a short stem; all prominent bulblets of various sizes and with side branches distally; 1 filament a little thicker than others and usually forked. Pigment in filament axes variably present or absent. Distal bulb small, ovoid, usually with an abruptly narrowed distal end, 1.5- 3 times proximal-bulb length, which is very small. Axis of stem and between bulbs usually pigmented, variably light or dark, sometimes unpigmented. A black spot almost always present at proximal end of distal bulb; usually partially capping base of bulb. External chevron-shaped or roundish striated areas on stem pigmented or not. Middorsal paired spots between occiput and dorsal-fin origin 8, sometimes 7 (Ref. 11333).
Mesopelagic (Ref. 58302).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Gibbs, R.H. Jr., T.A. Clarke and J.R. Gomon, 1983. Taxonomy and distribution of the stomioid fish genus Eustomias (Melanostomiidae), I: subgenus Nominostomias. Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 380:139 p. (Ref. 11333)
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
): 5.8 - 15.2, mean 8.9 (based on 6 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
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (25 of 100) .