Diaphus termophilus Tåning, 1928
Taaning's lantern fish
Diaphus termophilus
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Diaphinae
Max. size:  8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 40 - 850 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Morocco to Mauritania. Western Atlantic: USA to 10°N including Caribbean, Lesser Antilles (Ref. 4775). Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Western Central Pacific: southeast Asian seas between 8°N and 7°S, New Caledonia and New Zealand. Also known from the Eastern Central Pacific (Ref. 9325).
Biology:  High-oceanic, found between 325-850 m during the day (most abundant at 400-500 m) and between 40-225 m at night (most abundant 100 m) (Ref. 4479). Mesopelagic (Ref. 5951, 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 July 2012 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from off Madang, western Solomon sea.

Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 19.02.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 16.08.94

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