Family Myctophidae: Lanternfishes

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Authors:Hulley, P. A.
Volume Title:Fishes of the southern ocean, edited by O. Gon and P.C. Heemstra
Volume Authors:Gon, O. , editor
Source:Fishes of the southern ocean, edited by O. Gon and P.C. Heemstra. Publisher: Grahamstown, South Africa, J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology. South Africa. P.146-178
Publication Date:1990
Note:Ant. Acc. No: 47082
Abstract:Thirty-five species of this family are found in the CCAMLR area in a circum-Antarctica distribution with variable frequencies of occurrence. They have compressed heads and bodies and large lateral eyes; jaw teeth are numerous, small, and closely set in bands; all fins lack spines; photophores are arranged in distinct groups on the head and trunk, and some species bear luminous patches or scales at the bases of fins or other body parts. They are small fish, averaging 7.4 cm SL with a range of 3.0 to 15.0 cm SL. Eleven species have not as yet been taken in the CCAMLR area but their occurrence in the northern region of the Indian Ocean sector is anticipated because they are bitemperate or south temperate pattern species.
Index Terms:Pisces--Taxonomy; Pisces--Morphology; Pisces--Geographic distribution
Publication Type:monograph
Record ID:174954
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