Lepidophanes guentheri (Goode & Bean, 1896)
Günther’s lanternfish
photo by Fischer, L.G.

Family:  Myctophidae (Lanternfishes), subfamily: Lampanyctinae
Max. size:  8 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 4.4 g; max. reported age: 1 years
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 40 - 750 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Atlantic Ocean: between about 45°N and 50°S, but apparently absent from Benguela Upwelling Region and seasonally absent from off northeast Brazil.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 13-16
Biology:  High-oceanic (Ref. 4066). Found between 425-750 m during the day and between 40-125 m at night (maximum abundance in the upper 50 m) (Ref. 4479). Feeding is acyclic in northwest Africa (Ref. 9198). Reach sexual maturity at 4.7 cm (Ref. 47377).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 July 2012 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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