Teleostei (teleosts) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Neoscopelidae
Etymology: Scopelengys: Greek, skopelos = a lantern fish + Greek, eggys = near (Ref. 45335); tristis: tristis meaning dull, alluding to its dull blackish color (Ref. 4525).
More on author: Alcock.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 400 - 1830 m (Ref. 58018). Deep-water; 35°N - 35°S
Western Indian Ocean: 6°N to 34°S. Probably Somalia (Ref. 30573). Western Pacific. Eastern Pacific: southern California, USA to Chile. Western Atlantic: off Venezuela (Ref. 6690) and Guianas (Ref. 13608). Eastern Atlantic: Morocco to Angola; one record from South Africa (Ref. 6604). South China Sea and East China Sea (Ref.74511).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4481)
Morphology | Morphometrics
High-oceanic and bathypelagic (Ref. 6604). Adults usually found below about 1,000 m, but juveniles found between 500-800 m. No evidence of vertical migration (Ref. 6604). Feed mainly on small crustaceans. Sexually mature from about 15.2 cm (Ref. 4525). Oviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36062).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 4.2 - 7.7, mean 5.7 °C (based on 645 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.7656 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00360 - 0.02419), b=3.08 (2.86 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.30 se; based on food items.
Generation time: 2.4 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 1 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100).