Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophinae
Etymology: Myctophum: Greek, mykter, -eros = nose + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335); ovcharovi: Named in honor of Oleg Petrovich Ovcharov (InBYuM, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences), myctophid specialist who first noted that M. asperum does not migrate to the surface during its diurnal vertical migrations (Ref. 11324).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range 40 - 90 m (Ref. 11324). Tropical
Indian Ocean. Western Central Pacific: known from one locality, 3°55'N, 142°45'E.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11324); max. published weight: 6.83 g (Ref. 11324)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tsarin, S.A., 1993. Description of a new species in the species group "Myctophum asperum" (Myctophidae) with comments on this group. J. Ichthyol. 33(4):93-98. (Ref. 11324)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.4 - 26.8, mean 25.8 (based on 8 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±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 (30 of 100) .