Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes
(Smelts) > Bathylagidae
Etymology: schmidti: Named after P.J. Schmidt, USSR ichthyologist (Ref. 6885).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 394 - 1800 m (Ref. 6793). Deep-water; 61°N -
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96339)
soft rays: 11 - 14;
Vertebrae: 47 - 52. Body slender and compressed. Anal fin base short, and almost equal to dorsal fin base. snout pointed. Eye diameter shorter than snout length. Upper jaw shorter than lower jaw. Teeth present on lower jaw, prevomer, palatine, but not on upper jaw. Branchiostegals, 2. Color silvery, dusky on dorsal surface and fins (Ref. 6885).
North Pacific: southeastern Hokkaido, Japan to Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea and southern British Columbia, Canada. Possibly in Kamchatka (Ref. 6885). Regarded as a subspecies of Leuroglossus stilbius, Gilbert 1890 but Peden (1981) presented evidence for separating the two and Dunn (1983) placed them in the genus Leuroglossus.
Adults are generally found at depths greater than 150 m during the day. Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 35604), which are distributed in the sub-arctic gyre south to about 47°N (Ref. 6848).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, M.J. and G.B. Smith, 1988. Atlas and zoogeography of common fishes in the Bering Sea and northeastern Pacific. NOAA Tech. Rep. NMFS 66, 151 p. (Ref. 6793)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00631 (0.00324 - 0.01230), b=2.94 (2.76 - 3.12), based on LWR estimates for species & Family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .