Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Gonostomatidae
Etymology: Sigmops: Taken from the name of the letter "S, sigma" (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range - 2105 m (Ref. 58018), usually - m (Ref. ). Deep-water; 0°C -
Western Pacific: Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand (Ref. 5755). Eastern Pacific: well offshore from California and Baja California (Ref. 35800).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39248)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 26 - 29;
Vertebrae: 43 - 46. Distinct from closely related species in having a much greater distance between ventral and anal fins, a correspondingly larger number of photophores in the ventral and lateral series.
Mesopelagic, primarily at about 125-300 m depth at night and 520-700 m during the day (Ref. 35800). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 35800). Also Ref. 58302.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kailola, P.J., 1987. The fishes of Papua New Guinea. A revised and annotated checklist. Vol. 1. Myxinidae to Synbranchidae. Research Bulletin No. 41. Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 194 p. (Ref. 6993)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 4.5 - 13.8, mean 7.9 °C (based on 590 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00363 (0.00141 - 0.00937), b=3.07 (2.85 - 3.29), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .