Aristostomias lunifer

Author: Regan and Trewavas, 1930

Aristostomias lunifer Regan and Trewavas, 1930

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

Diagnosis: pectoral fins and chin barbel present. Serial photophores conspicuous, evenly spaced with few wide gaps, those of ventral row between pectoral and pelvic fin insertions (PV) 15-18 with 2 or 3 wider gaps; in lateral row to before pelvic fin insertion 16-18 with one obvious gap or none. Colour: head and body black; pale luminous material forming a prominent, solid or broken crescent extending along the anterior margin of the eye to below the sub-orbital organ. Size: to almost 17 cm.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: Madeira to the Canaries. Elsewhere, western North Atlan tic between about 37° and 12° N; one South Atlantic record at 27° S, 3° E; Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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