Teleostei (teleosts) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Lampanyctinae
Etymology: Lepidophanes: Greek, lepis = scale + Greek, phaino = to shine (Ref. 45335).
More on authors: Goode & Bean.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 40 - 750 m (Ref. 4479). Subtropical; 45°N - 50°S
Atlantic Ocean: between about 45°N and 50°S, but apparently absent from Benguela Upwelling Region and seasonally absent from off northeast Brazil.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 4.3  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40727); max. published weight: 4.40 g (Ref. 126117); max. reported age: 1.20 years
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).
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. 126983)
Threat to humans
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 10 - 21.7, mean 15 °C (based on 269 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00537 (0.00327 - 0.00882), b=3.13 (2.99 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.00 se; based on food items.
Generation time: 0.6 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 2 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=1.83; tm=0.5; tmax=1.20).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).