Nansenia oblita

Author: (Facciolà, 1887)

Nansenia oblita (Facciolà, 1887)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Nansenia oblita (Facciolà, 1887) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis:. body short, its depth about 5 1/2-6 1/2 times in total length, head about 4 1/2 times. A small adipose dorsal fin present; pectoral fins set on side of body, pre-pectoral distance 3.3-4.2 times in total length; pelvic fins below dorsal fin base, behind midpoint of body; anal fin far back, below adipose dorsal fin. Scales present. Colour: silvery, or brownish in preserved material. Size: to about 18 cm, but most specimens less than 7 cm.

Habitat: mesopelagic. Food: no data. Reproduction: winter in Mediterranean, perhaps later in Atlantic.

Distribution: western Mediterranean. also records to the south-west of Ireland. Elsewhere, perhaps at about 24° N off the coast of West Africa.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Schmidt, 1918: 19, fig. 14 | Sanzo, 1933: 36, fig. 32, pl. 3 (fig. 9-13).
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.