Notoscopelus resplendens (Richardson, 1845)
Patchwork lampfish
photo by Mac Eachern, W.J.

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Gymnoscopelinae
Max. size:  9.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 777 - 2121 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Atlantic Ocean: about 35°N (east of 40°W) and 47°N (west of 40°W) to the southern Subtropical Convergence at 40°S, but with discontinuity in the region of the cyclonic gyre 2°S - 11°S, in the eastern Atlantic and in the minimum region off Brazil (5°-9°S to 21°S). Indian Ocean: between 24° and 30°S. Western Pacific: northwest Pacific to off Australia and New Zealand (absent from western tropical Pacific and southeast Asian seas, Ref. 5182). Eastern Pacific: south of 55°N (Ref. 265) to 34°S, west of 80°W but to 20°S in Peruvian Transitional Zone. Southern Ocean: at 60°58'S, 48°05'W (Ref. 5182). South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-24; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 18-20; Vertebrae: 35-38. Branchiostegal rays: 9-10 (Ref. 31442). Anal organs 13; can be easily distinguished from other species of the genus by its gill raker count (Ref. 39633).
Biology:  High-oceanic, epipelagic to mesopelagic (Ref. 31442). Bathypelagic (Ref. 58302). Nyctoepipelagic at the surface and down to 300 m and found between 651-2,000 m during the day (Ref. 4479). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 31442).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 July 2012 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 11.11.14
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 18.08.94

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