Psenes pellucidus

Author: Lütken, 1880

Psenes pellucidus Lütken, 1880

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Psenes pellucidus Lütken, 1880 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body deep to elongate; musculature soft and flabby. Teeth in lower jaw long and knife-like, close-set. Origin of dorsal fin before or over origin of pectoral fin; D2 27-32; A II-III + 26-31; P 18-20. Vertebrae 41-42. Colour: dark, with pale bars or uniformly bluishblack. Size: to 80 cm SL.
Habitat: oceanic, epi- or mesopelagic, the largest specimens perhaps deep demersal on continental slopes. Behaviour: juveniles not uncommon hovering under floating weed patches; generally not associated with medusae. Food: zooplankton and small mesopelagic fishes. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: not reported from the area, but to be expected. Elsewhere, Atlantic, north-western Pacific and Indian Oceans in warm to temperate 'waters (possibly antitropical in the Atlantic).

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Lütken, 1880: 516, fig.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.