Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Lampanyctinae
Etymology: Lampanyctus: Greek, lampas, -ados = torch + Greek, nykte = night (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 1192 m (Ref. 56504). Deep-water; 75°N - 22°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4479)
soft rays: 16 - 18. Distinguished from other species of Lampanyctus by the pattern of its photophores and by its short pectoral fins located just behind gill opening (Ref. 5571). Photophores along ventral post-anal region (AO): 6 (7) + 8 (7-9) = 14 (13-16) (Ref. 4775).
Eastern Atlantic: strays as far north as Dohrn Bank (off East Greenland) and off northwest Iceland, from British Isles to Mauritanian Upwelling Region including the Mediterranean (Ref. 4479). Western Atlantic: as shallow as 46 m in Ungava Bay, Canada, in slope water region (Ref. 5951).
High-oceanic, between 700-1,000 m during the day (with juveniles in the upper 200 m) and 45-250 m and 4000-1,000 m at night (Ref. 4479). Depth range from 318-1192 m in the eastern Ionian Sea (Ref. 56504). Epipelagic to bathypelagic, feeds on zooplankton (Ref. 58426). Catches of lanternfishes off the west coast of South Africa: 1,134-42,560 mt (Ref. 5571). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Bauchot, M.-L., 1987. Poissons osseux. p. 891-1421. In W. Fischer, M.L. Bauchot and M. Schneider (eds.) Fiches FAO d'identification pour les besoins de la pêche. (rev. 1). Méditerranée et mer Noire. Zone de pêche 37. Vol. II. Commission des Communautés Européennes and FAO, Rome.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of potential interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
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=0.00427 (0.00225 - 0.00810), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.39 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (53 of 100) .