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Myctophum punctatum  Rafinesque, 1810

Spotted lanternfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes (Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae (Lanternfishes) > Myctophinae
Etymology: Myctophum: Greek, mykter, -eros = nose + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Rafinesque.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 1000 m (Ref. 35388).   Deep-water; 69°N - 15°N, 67°W - 36°E

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Eastern Atlantic: Mauritanian Upwelling Region (15°N-20°N) with isolates as far as 30°N; includes the Mediterranean Sea. Western Atlantic: Greenland to USA.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 5 - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35388)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

High-oceanic, mesopelagic (Ref. 4479). Nyctoepipelagic at the surface and down to 125 m and found between 225-750 m during the day (Ref. 4479). Feeds on copepods, euphausiids, zoea stages of Brachyura and fish fry (Ref. 4775). Sexually mature when 5 cm long. Female produces 8-900 eggs (Ref. 35388).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Paxton, John | Collaborators

Hulley, P.A., 1990. Myctophidae. p. 398-467. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI; Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4479)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.39 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=800).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .