Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Lampanyctinae
Etymology: Diaphus: Greek, dis, dia = through + Greek, physa, phyo = to beget, to have as offspring (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 805 m (Ref. 13608), usually 450 - 500 m (Ref. 4775). Subtropical; 51°N - 40°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 5.2  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4479); max. reported age: 1 years (Ref. 4882)
Eastern Atlantic: Canary Islands (Ref. 6808), 20°N (inshore from 29°N) to about 10°S west of 0°, with disjunct distribution between 14°N and 8°N, but to 23°S east of 0°. Isolates north to off south-west Ireland (Ref. 4775). Western Atlantic: tropical areas but with expatriate extensions to 51°N and 45°S in western boundary currents [(apparently absent over a minimum region off Brazil) according to Ref. 4479 or 4775] (Ref. 4479, 4775). Very rare or absent in the Indo-Pacific.
Tropical Indian and Atlantic; east coast of South America (Ref. 47377).
High-oceanic and mesopelagic populations are found between 225-750 m during the day (maximum abundance at 450-500 m) and is nyctoepipelagic at surface down to 125 m at night (Ref. 4479). Pseudoceanic and pelagic populations are found in the upper 50 m at night (Ref. 4066). Feeding is acyclic in northwest Africa (Ref. 9198).
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00692 (0.00347 - 0.01380), b=3.01 (2.82 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=1.83-3.81; tm=0.7; tmax=1.2).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .