Melanostomias melanops

Author: Brauer, 1902

Melanostomias melanops Brauer, 1902

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

Diagnosis: barbel length 2.2 4 times in SL, its stem unpigmented except at base; tip of barbel unpigmented or with irregular dark patches, elongate, with an opaque axis with a small black spot at its distal end and two narrow, transparent, flattened wings, each containing small, spherical or elongate opaque bodies; distal end with a long, tapering filamentous extension. Dorsal finrays 11-16 (usually 14-15). Photophores in ventral row between pectoral and pelvic fin insertions (PV) 26-29 (usually 27-28). Colour: head and body black; no prominent round white spots on head. Size: to about 26 cm.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: south of Madeira. Elsewhere, North Atlantic west of about 45° W between 28° and 36° N; Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, western Atlantic between 20° and 8° N. and from 10° to 30° S; Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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