Honeycomb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias affinis Günther 1887

Other Names: Honeycomb Dragonfish

Illustration of a Honeycomb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias affinis. Source: From, Brauer 1906 Die Tiefsee-Fische. I. Systematischer Teil. In: Chun. Wissenschaftl. Ergebnisse der deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition "Valdivia," 1898-99. Jena. 15: 1-432, Pls. 1-18.. License: Copyright Expired

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Honeycomb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias affinis Günther 1887

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From off central Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea and Timor Seas, and from off Cape York, Queensland, to off central New South Wales. Elsewhere the species circumglobal in equatorial to warm temperate waters of the Atlantic and Indo-west Pacific.


Mostlikely feeds on mesopelagic fishes and some crustaceans.

Species Citation

Stomias affinis Günther 1887, Rept Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 22(57): 205, pl. 54(A). Type locality: South of Sombrero Island, Challenger station 23, depth 450 fathoms. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Honeycomb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias affinis Günther 1887


Butler, M., Bollens, S. M., Burkhalter, B., Madin, L. P. and Horgan, E. 2001. Mesopelagic fishes of the Arabian Sea: distribution, abundance and diet of Chauliodus pammelas, Chauliodus sloani, Stomias affinis, and Stomias nebulosus. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 48(6-7): 1369-1383.

Günther, A. 1887. Report on the deep-sea fishes collected by H.M.S Challenger during the years 1873–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 22(57): 1-268 figs 1-7 pls 1-66

Harold, A. 2015. Stomias affinis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T21133121A21909540. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T21133121A21909540.en. Downloaded on 07 February 2017.

Kenaley, C.P. & Stewart, A.L. 2015. Family Stomiidae, 69 Subfamily Stomiinae (pp. 487-491). In: Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. 2015. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576.

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CAAB Code:37112001


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:100-3182 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:20 cm SL

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