Bathophilus nigerrimus

Author: Giglioli, 1884

Bathophlus nigerrimus Giglioli, 1884

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Bathophilus nigerrimus Giglioli, 1882 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: pectoral finrays 31-57; pelvic finrays 16-24. Photophores in ventral row between pectoral and pelvic fin insertions (PV) 12, between pelvic fin insertion and end of row over anal fin (VAV) 11-13, total in ventral row from isthmus to tail (IC) 33-35; in lateral row to pelvic fin insertion (OV) 12, from pelvic fin insertion to end of row over anal fin (VAL) 10-12, total in lateral row (OA) 21-23. Colour: head and body black with iridescent blue, green or bronze. Size: to about 12 cm.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: from halfway between the Azores and Ireland (c. 45-46° N, 16-17°W); off Gibraltar; also, the western Mediterranean. Elsewhere, eastern Atlantic from 25° N to 2° S and off South Africa; also, western Atlantic between 20° and 27° N and from 9° to 36° S.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Sanzo, 1915a: 714-720, pl. 1-2; 1915b: 1-10, fig. 1-6; 1915c: 132; 1918c: 379-383 | Sparta, 1948a: 194-196, fig. 1-3 | Morrow, 1964: 457-459.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.