Lampanyctus tenuiformis (Brauer, 1906)
Slender lanternfish
photo by JAMARC

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Lampanyctinae
Max. size:  15.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range - 1537 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to the Angola Current. Western Atlantic: 17°N to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico. Indian Ocean: between 7°N and 4°S, east of 70°E. Pacific Ocean: in tropical waters; reported from New Zealand (Ref. 5755). South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 17-19. Anal organs 12-13 (Ref. 39633).
Biology:  Mesopelagic (Ref. 58302). High-oceanic, found between 300-700 m during the day and between 40-325 m at night with maximum abundance at 100 m. Sexually mature from about 12.3-13.8 cm (near Hawaii) (Ref. 4479). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 31442).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 July 2012 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 19.02.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 11.11.14
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 17.08.94

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