Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Lampanyctinae
Etymology: Ceratoscopelus: Greek, keras, -atos = horn + Greek, skopelos = a lantern fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Lütken.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 391 - 2056 m (Ref. 27311). Deep-water; 42°N - 65°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic Ocean: 35°N (eastern limit) and 42°N (western limit) south to the Subtropical Convergence. Pacific Ocean: tropical and subtropical waters (Ref. 4066). Indian Ocean: 20°N-45°S (Ref. 4066). Reported to be common in southern Africa (Ref. 4066). South China Sea and East China Sea (Ref.74511).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 5 - ? cm
Max length : 8.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5182)
Oceanic species found between 700 and 1,500 m during the day; between 20 and 200 m at night (Ref. 4775) with maximum abundance between 50 and 100 m (Ref. 47377). Size stratification with depth both day and night (Ref. 4775). Small juveniles (1.5-1.9 cm) are apparently non-migratory. Known to feed on zooplankton but appears to be adapted for occasional herbivory (Ref. 28809).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hulley, P.A., 1990. Myctophidae. p. 398-467. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI; Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4479)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 3 - 8.8, mean 5.5 °C (based on 1535 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00437 (0.00192 - 0.00992), b=3.18 (2.98 - 3.38), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.53 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
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .