Astronesthes macropogon

Author: Goodyear and Gibbs, 1970

Astronesthes macropogon Goodyear and Gibbs, 1970

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Astronesthes macropogon Goodyear and Gibbs, 1970 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: serial photophores in lateral row (OA) 32-35, of which 19-22 behind pelvic fin insertion (VAL); 51-55 photophores in ventral row to tail (IC); ventral row forming a pronounced U-shaped bend between pectoral fin bases. Barbel about half as long as head, slender, usually without modified tip, but with a short terminal swelling in some large specimens. Dorsal finrays 18-21. Colour: head and body black; in larger specimens pale patches on head above nostril and covering most of gill cover, sometimes others. Size: to about 140 mm.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: off Madeira and south. Elsewhere, mostly not far from island or continental slopes, in the western Atlantic from about 10° to 32° N and 23° to 30° S. in the eastern Atlantic apparently continuous to about 8° S.

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