Lampanyctodes hectoris (Günther, 1876)
Hector's lanternfish
photo by SFSA

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Gymnoscopelinae
Max. size:  7 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 3 years
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range - 0 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Benguela Upwelling Region south of about 19°S. Western Pacific: off southern Australia and New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: Chile.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 15-17
Biology:  Pseudoceanic (Ref. 4066). Occurs in neritic fish community over the continental shelf (Ref. 42649). Nyctoepipelagic at the surface (Ref. 4479). Eggs of this species have been reported immediately beneath the water surface (Ref. 9212). Lipid content is 20 % in fresh body weight (Ref. 8966). Processed into fishmeal (Ref. 4066).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 July 2012 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 09.06.15
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 07.09.98

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