Melanostomias tentaculatus

Author: (Regan and Trewavas, 1930)

Melanostomias tentaculatus (Regan and Trewavas, 1930)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Melanostomias tentaculatus (Regan and Trewavas, 1930) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: barbel length about 2 1/2-2 3/4 times in SL, its stem black; tip of barbel with an unpigmented ovoid bulb, alongside which is a pale tentacle as long as or slightly longer than bulb. Dorsal finrays 13-17 (usually 15-17). Photophores in ventral row between pectoral and pelvic fin insertions (PV) 23-27 (usually 25-26). Colour: head and body black no prominent white spots on head. Size: to almost 24 cm.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: northward to just north of Madeira. Elsewhere, across the Atlantic between about 35° N and 8° S, but not known between about 10° and 20° N; Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.