Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lampriformes
(Velifers, tube-eyes and ribbonfishes) > Stylephoridae
(Tube-eye or thread-tail)
Etymology: Stylephorus: Greek, style = column + Greek, pherein = to carry (Ref. 45335). More on author: Shaw.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 300 - 800 m (Ref. 86942). Deep-water; 45°N - 37°S, 130°W - 20°E
Tropical to subtropical in all oceans. Western Atlantic: southeastern Florida in USA and northeastern Gulf of Mexico through Lesser Antilles (Ref. 7251). Eastern Atlantic: Canary Islands (Ref. 6808); numerous specimens collected between the equator and approximately 20°N.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4172)
A mesopelagic (Ref. 6808) at 300-600 m at night, 625-800 during day (Ref. 58302) and uncommon species. Swims in a vertical position, probably migrates over 200-300 m vertical distance each day-night cycle. Feeds on copepods (Ref. 6741).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hulley, P.A., 1986. Stylephoridae. p. 404. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4172)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 7.8 - 12.8, mean 9.7 (based on 112 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .