Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Lampanyctinae
Etymology: Diaphus: Greek, dis, dia = through + Greek, physa, phyo = to beget, to have as offspring (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 50 - 600 m (Ref. 4479). Deep-water; 50°N - 58°S, 78°W - 153°W
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 3 - ? cm
Max length : 6.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4479)
Eastern Atlantic: Morocco to Namibia. Western Atlantic: Canada to Argentina. Indian Ocean: 0°-34°S west of 70°E and 80°E, at 38°S, 100°E. Western Pacific: south of 20°S, west of 170°W and in Tasman Sea; centrally between 30°N and 7°S. Eastern Pacific: between 25°N and 15°S (Ref. 4775). South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Mesopelagic (Ref. 58302). Oceanic (Ref. 4066), found between 300-600 m during the day and between 50-300 m at night, exhibiting size stratification with depth (Ref. 4479). Reach sexual maturity at a length of 3 cm (Ref. 47377).
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00382 - 0.02179), b=3.04 (2.82 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.00 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 (23 of 100) .