Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Lampanyctinae
Etymology: Ceratoscopelus: Greek, keras, -atos = horn + Greek, skopelos = a lantern fish (Ref. 45335); townsendi: Named after C.H. Townsend, naturalist on the Albatross (Ref. 6885). More on authors: Eigenmann & Eigenmann.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 100 - 500 m (Ref. 51600). Deep-water; 55°N -
Circumglobal. Common south of 35°N. North Pacific: off Japan (Ref. 11721), Hawaii (Ref. 11750), and from off southern British Columbia, Canada to southern California, USA. Western Central Atlantic: Cuba. Southeast Atlantic: Agulhas Current Region (Ref. 41388).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4925)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Bathypelagic at 0-200 m at night, 425-1500 m during day (Ref. 58302). Epipelagic to mesopelagic (Ref. 31442). Depth range is between 300 to 600m during the day, and from 25 to 300 at night (Ref. 54154). Reported to feed on crustaceans (Ref. 6885). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 31442).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hart, J.L., 1973. Pacific fishes of Canada. Bull. Fish. Res. Board Can. 180:740 p. (Ref. 6885)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 8.8 - 22.4, mean 15.2 °C (based on 417 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00247 - 0.01279), b=3.09 (2.90 - 3.28), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .