Bolinichthys photothorax (Parr, 1928)
Spurcheek lanternfish
photo by SFSA

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Lampanyctinae
Max. size:  7.3 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 5.5 g
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 40 - 750 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Mauritania to Angola. Western Atlantic: USA to Brazil, with extensions to Argentina. Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Indian Ocean: between 10°N and 30°S. Pacific Ocean: between 30°N and 25°S (Ref. 4066); New Zealand (Ref. 5755).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 13-15
Biology:  High-oceanic species (Ref. 4066). Found between 425-750 m during the day and at 40-500 m at night, with maximum abundance at 75 m (Ref. 4479). Mesopelagic (Ref. 58302). Specimens reach sexual maturity at a length of 5.4 cm. Off southern Brazil found between 500-900 m during the day and 25-300 m at night. (Ref. 47377).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 July 2012 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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