Stomias brevibarbatus

Author: Ege, 1918

Stomias brevibarbatus Ege, 1918

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Stomias brevibarbatus Ege, 1918 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: barbel shorter than 1 1/2 head length, with 4 short filaments arising from end of distal bulb; upper jaw with a small anterior tooth, a rather short fang and 9-11 shorter teeth; lower jaw with about 14-20 small teeth; five rows of hexagonal areas above lateral series of large photophores; 72-76 photophores in the ventral series (IC, from anterior end of isthmus to fleshy part of tail). Colour: iridescent dark green. Size: to about 200 mm SL.

Habitat: deep oceanic waters to more than 1,000 m depth; may migrate to near-surface waters at night: fairly common in its main distributional range. Food: midwater fishes and crustaceans. Reproduction: oviparous.

Distribution: northward to about 38° N, including Madeira but not the Azores. Elsewhere, across the North Atlantic between about 20° and 40° N.

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