Sigmops ebelingi (Grey, 1960)
Ebeling's fangjaw
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Family:  Gonostomatidae (Bristlemouths)
Max. size:  9.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 2105 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand (Ref. 5755). Eastern Pacific: well offshore from California and Baja California (Ref. 35800).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 26-29; Vertebrae: 43-46. Distinct from closely related species in having a much greater distance between ventral and anal fins, a correspondingly larger number of photophores in the ventral and lateral series.
Biology:  Mesopelagic, primarily at about 125-300 m depth at night and 520-700 m during the day (Ref. 35800). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 35800). Also Ref. 58302.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 28.08.97
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 23.07.08
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 12.07.01

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