Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Phosichthyidae
Etymology: Ichthyococcus: Greek, ichthys = fish + Greek, kokkos = grain, berry (Ref. 45335); irregularis: Named for the irregular pattern of th eventral photophores before the pectoral fin (Ref. 39669).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 2213 - 3658 m (Ref. 39669). Deep-water; 45°N - 22°N, 140°W - 109°W
Eastern Pacific: throughout the California Current region, seaward of the continental shelf (Ref. 35839).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39669)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 35839).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Watson, W., 1996. Phosichthyidae: lightfishes. p. 284-293. In H.G. Moser (ed.) The early stages of fishes in the California Current Region. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) Atlas No. 33. Allen Press, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas. 1505 p. (Ref. 35839)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 1.7 - 1.9, mean 1.8 (based on 38 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00378 - 0.02301), b=3.09 (2.88 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .