Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
Etymology: Ceratoscopelus: Greek, keras, -atos = horn + Greek, skopelos = a lantern fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 51 - 1082 m (Ref. 56504). Deep-water; - 20°N
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 6 - 3.8 cm
Max length : 8.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4479)
Eastern Atlantic: France to Mauritania, including the Mediterranean. Reported from Iceland (Ref. 12462). Western Atlantic: Slope Water and Gulf Streams regions from 50°N to 30°N. Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951).
High-oceanic, schooling, found between 650-700 m during the day and between 51-250 m at night with size stratification with depth (Ref. 4479). Depth range from 460-1082 m1 in the eastern Ionian Sea (Ref. 56504). Juveniles are nyctoepipelagic at the surface. Feeds on copepods and adult or larval forms of other planktonic crustaceans (Ref. 4775).
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.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00823 (-0.16321 - 0.17966), b=3.09 (2.99 - 3.19), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.21 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .