Talismania homoptera (Vaillant, 1888)
Hairfin smooth-head
photo by Ramjohn, D.D.

Family:  Alepocephalidae (Slickheads)
Max. size:  29 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 560 - 1690 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Morocco south to Congo. Western Central Atlantic.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 22-23; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 21-23. No luminous organ on shoulder or body (Ref. 13608).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 July 2012 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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