Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Stomiidae
(Barbeled dragonfishes) > Astronesthinae
Etymology: Astronesthes: Greek, astra = ray + Greek, esthes, -es = suit, something used to wrap (Ref. 45335); zharovi: Named after V.L. Zharov, one of the first national investigators of the epipelagial of the World Ocean (Ref. 30704).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range ? - 600 m (Ref. 58018). Deep-water; 27°N - 17°S
Atlantic Ocean: known only between the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico (27°N, 86°W) and southern Angola (17°S, 10°E).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 11 - 13;
Vertebrae: 45 - 46. Chin barbel half as long as the head and bears a small explanate bulb lacking appendages. Base of anal fin significantly behind the vertical of the dorsal fin end. Postorbital organ large and angled at 20°-30° with respect to the longitudinal body axis. It extends behind the vertical of the back side of the orbit and is covered from above with a pigmented fold of skin. Bunch-like aggregation of luminous spots proceeds down and to the rear from the back tip of the postorbital organ. Numerous spots of luminous tissue on head, the gill cover, back of the head, around the chin area, on the jaws, as well as on the front side of the body, behind the head, and above and below the lateral row of photophores. Serial photophores are not large and form no clear bends or steps (Ref. 30704).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Parin, N.V. and O.D. Borodulina, 1998. A new mesopelagic fish Astronesthes zharovi (Astronesthidae, Stomiiformes) from tropical Atlantic. J. Ichthyol. 38(8):669-672. (Ref. 30704)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00145 - 0.00994), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .