Pollichthys mauli  (Poll, 1953)

Stareye lightfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes (Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Phosichthyidae (Lightfishes)
Etymology: Pollichthys: Because of Dr. Max Poll, ichthyologist (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 100 - 600 m (Ref. 3988), usually 300 - 600 m (Ref. 47377).   Deep-water; 60°N - 34°S, 98°W - 144°E

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3988)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 22 - 30. Dark dorsum, flanks silver (Ref. 3988). Slender body, longer anal fin and tail set (Ref. 37473).

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Eastern Atlantic: as far north as 60°N, 20°W (Ref. 4778); Canary Islands (Ref. 4470) to off west African coast (Ref. 3988). Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico (Ref. 27768). Elsewhere, North Atlantic (60°-30°) and western Pacific.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

An oceanic and mesopelagic species, adults and juveniles usually found at 200-500 m by day and the majority of them migrate into upper 100-200 m at night. Feeds mainly on small crustaceans. Dioecious with peak spawning during summer. Adult photophore complement attained at about 25-27 mm SL (Ref. 4778).

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Quéro, J.-C., J.C. Njock and M.M. de la Hoz, 1990. Photichthyidae. p. 343-348. 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. 4470)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.58 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.