Teleostei (teleosts) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophinae
Etymology: Myctophum: Greek, mykter, -eros = nose + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Garman.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243). Deep-water; 25°N - 31°S
Western Indian Ocean: Gulf of Aden to Sofala Bank; Agulhas Current south to about 31°S. Eastern Indian Ocean: Indonesia to northwestern Australia (5°N-18°S). Western Pacific: southeast Asian seas. Eastern Pacific: Hawaii (Ref. 58302) and Panama to 04°15'S, 83°37'W of Peru (Ref. 5530); with more northerly distribution starting at 25°N (Ref. 31442). This fish comes from Xisha Islands and Zhongsha Islands of the South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 559)
Neustonic (Ref. 58302). High-oceanic and mesopelagic. Found from the surface to 300 m at night (Ref. 4066). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 31442).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hulley, P.A., 1986. Myctophidae. p. 282-321. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4066)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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