Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Stomiidae
(Barbeled dragonfishes) > Malacosteinae
Etymology: Aristostomias: Greek, aristos = the best + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 1219 m (Ref. 50610). Deep-water; 66°N - 27°N, 180°W - 113°W
Eastern Pacific: southern British Columbia, Canada to central Baja California, Mexico (Ref. 2850), including the Bering Sea (Ref. 35921).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. reported age: 7 years (Ref. 4525)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Feed on crustaceans (Ref. 4525). Probably spawn in spring (Ref. 35921). Apparently, undergo diurnal migration (Ref. 35921). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 35921).
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. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 4.8 - 9.3, mean 6.5 (based on 39 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.40; tmax=7).
Prior r = 1.11, 2 SD range = 0.99 - 1.24, log(r) = 0.1, SD log(r) = 0.06, Based on: 1 M, 1 K, 1 tmax, records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .