Chirostomias pliopterus Regan & Trewavas, 1930

Family:  Stomiidae (Barbeled dragonfishes), subfamily: Melanostomiinae
Max. size:  20.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range - 500 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Spain south to Mauritania. Western Atlantic: USA to Cuba. Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal soft rays: 22-26. Body slender, compressed, much deeper than wide. Barbel short. Stem of barbel black or dark brown, basal portion of bulb black, terminal luminous portion and filaments yellowish. Postorbital photophore absent in males, present in males. Black, with greenish or bluish bronze iridescence on anterior parts of sides (Ref. 37473).
Biology:  Mesopelagic species.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 October 2018 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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