Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Stomiidae
(Barbeled dragonfishes) > Astronesthinae
Etymology: Heterophotus: Greek, heteros = other + Greek, photos = light (Ref. 45335). More on author: Regan, Trewavas.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 790 - 1420 m (Ref. 58302). Deep-water; 55°N - 40°S, 85°W - 125°W
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4465)
soft rays: 12 - 17. Teeth on jaws very short, spine-like; photopores of ventral row excluding AC series arranged in discontinuous, close-set groups of 1 to 5 (Ref. 559). Barbel shorter than head, dark stem, flattened and tapering tip (Ref. 37473). Black in color (Ref. 37039).
Eastern Atlantic: Western Sahara south to Namibia, not recorded close to the coast. Western Atlantic: Bermuda south to Brazil including Caribbean Sea and the southern Subtropical Convergence. Also, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Meso- and bathypelagic (Ref. 58302).
Gibbs, R.H. Jr., 1990. Astronesthidae. p. 300-307. 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
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00347 (0.00127 - 0.00945), b=3.11 (2.87 - 3.35), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.73 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (45 of 100) .