Melanostomias bartonbeani

Author: Parr, 1927

Melanostomias bartonbeani Parr, 1927

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Melanostomias bartonbeani Parr, 1927 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: barbel 4-6 times in SL, its stem black; tip of barbel unpigmented, slender, with an opaque axis with a black spot near its distal end and two narrow, transparent, flattened wings containing accumulations of opaque material; beyond end of axis, flattened area narrowing to a slender, tapering filament. Dorsal finrays 12-16 (usually 13-15). Photophores in ventral row between pectoral and pelvic fin insertions (PV) 22-26 (usually 24-25). Colour: head and body black; prominent round white spots on snout, top rear part of head, between eye and nostrils and on front of isthmus. Size: to about 26 cm.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: throughout the area south of about 56° N. Elsewhere, southward to about 10° N; also, western North Atlantic north of about 25° N; South Atlantic between 20° and 40° S; and Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Beebe and Crane, 1939: 143.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.