Gymnoscopelus piabilis (Whitley, 1931)
Southern blacktip lanternfish
photo by SFSA

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Lampanyctinae
Max. size:  14.6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Generally ranges between the Subtropical Convergence and the Antarctic Polar Front (Atlantic Sector to south of Australia/New Zealand), but with northern extensions in eastern boundary currents; absent in the sub-Antarctic region of the Pacific. There is a beach-washed specimen from Port Alfred, South Africa (Ref. 4066). Also found in Argentina (Ref. 86326) and Uruguay (Ref. 54736).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 16-19
Biology:  Oceanic (Ref. 4066). Also mesopelagic. Occurs at depths below 100 m at night. Recorded from the stomach contents of Dissostichus eleginoides.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 June 2018 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Jarre-Teichmann, Astrid - 23.01.93
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13

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