Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Anomalopidae
Etymology: Photoblepharon: Greek, photos = light + Greek, blepharon = eye lash (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 50 m (Ref. 90102), usually 0 - 15 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 19°N - 24°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
Pacific Ocean: Philippines to the Society Islands, south to New Caledonia. Replaced in the western Indian Ocean by Photoblepharon steinitzi (Ref. 37816).
Occurs along seaward reefs near or along steep drop-offs with caves (Ref. 9710). In some areas it may approach the surface (Ref. 9710). Usually feeds in large groups away from the reefs at night. Well hidden in caves during the day and rarely seen. Usually observed at night (Ref. 48635).
McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt, 1987. Notes on the biology, taxonomy, and distribution of flashlight fishes (Beryciformes: Anomalopidae). Jap. J. Ichthyol. 34(2):157-164.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7520 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01120 (0.00513 - 0.02445), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .