Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Scombriformes
(Mackerels) > Chiasmodontidae
Etymology: Pseudoscopelus: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, skopelos = a lantern fish (Ref. 45335). Lütken did not recognize the presence of photophores on the body, confusing them with pores, but referred to a genus of lanternfish (Scopelus now Myctophum) when he named the genus (Ref. 85782).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 250 - 1250 m (Ref. 78617). Deep-water
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Southern Oceans. Subtropical and temperate waters of the southern parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Southwestern and Southeastern Pacific.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 78617)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 7 - 10;
soft rays: 23 - 26. This species is characterized by the following: dark orobranchial cavity; inclined teeth in the marginal row on the premaxillary are increased in size in the postorbital portion of the bone; presence of teeth on tongue; minute gill rakers usually absent on first gill arch; reduced maxillary (suborbital) photophores disconnected with anteropreopercular photophores; no posteropreopercular photophores and transverse ventral (interventral) photophores; thin cranial roofing bones; short upper jaw, 60.0-71.4% head length (HL), usually less than 66% HL (75% of specimens; mean 65.6%); short pectoral fins, 12.5-21.4% SL, usually less than 16% (88% of specimens; mean 14.9%); group of 4 pores above the second nare; modally 36 vertebrae (Ref. 78617).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Prokofiev, A.M. and E.I. Kukuev, 2006. Two new species of linebellies (Genus Pseudoscopelus) with a revised key of species (Perciformes: Chiasmodontidae). J. Ichthyol 46 (Suppl. 1):21-37. (Ref. 78617)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 1.4 - 6.5, mean 2.3 °C (based on 32 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100).