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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Myctophiformes
Family: Myctophidae Lanternfishes
Subfamily: Myctophinae
Genus: Benthosema

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5 species
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Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Benthosema fibulatum (Gilbert & Cramer, 1897)

Photo by Photo by SFSA
Benthosema fibulatum
[Spinycheek lanternfish]

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 10.3 cm SL
Benthosema glaciale (Reinhardt, 1837)

Photo by Photo by Svensen, R.
Benthosema glaciale
[Glacier lantern fish]
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Max. Length 5.5 cm TL

Benthosema panamense
[Panama lanternfish]

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 7 cm TL
Benthosema pterotum (Alcock, 1890)

Photo by Photo by Devarapalli, P.
Benthosema pterotum
[Skinnycheek lanternfish]

Circumglobal in tropical
Max. Length 3.9 cm SL
Benthosema suborbitale (Gilbert, 1913)

Photo by Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
Benthosema suborbitale
[Smallfin lanternfish]


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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Benthosema fibulatum Spinycheek lanternfish Indian Ocean 10 TL 1897
Benthosema glaciale Glacier lantern fish Eastern Atlantic 10.3 SL 1837
Benthosema panamense Panama lanternfish Northeast Pacific 5.5 TL 1932
Benthosema pterotum Skinnycheek lanternfish Indo-West Pacific 7 TL 1890
Benthosema suborbitale Smallfin lanternfish Circumglobal in tropical 3.9 SL 1913

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