Astronesthes indicus

Author: Brauer, 1902

Astronesthes indicus Brauer, 1902

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Astronesthes indicus Brauer, 1902 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: serial photophores few, 11-14 in lateral row (OA), of which 6-8 behind pelvic insertion (VAL); 25-29 photophores in ventral row to tail (IC); ventral row curving slightly between pectoral fin bases. Barbel
less than 1.5 times head length, its tip expanded to form thin flaps or with a moderately long swollen tip, either with a longitudinal crease or with thin lateral flaps. Dorsal finrays 11-17, usually 13-16. Colour: head and body black; pale patches of luminous tissue in larger specimens on upper and lower gill cover, a pair on each side (one above the other) over pelvic fin. sometimes others Size: to about 180 mm.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: Madeira and south. Elsewhere, mainly tropical parts of Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. None known.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.