Photostomias lucingens Kenaley 2009

Holotype of Photostomias lucingens, USNM 219291, from off leeward Oahu, Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaii, United States, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific. Source: Sandra Raredon / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Photostomias lucingens Kenaley 2009

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from the Lord Howe Rise and the Norfolk Ridge, south of Norfolk Island, in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Western-Central Pacific.


The specific name lucingens is from the Latin lucis for 'light' and ingens meaning ‘of remarkable size’, in reference to the extreme size of the postorbital photophore in males.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Photostomias lucingens Kenaley 2009


Kenaley, C.P. 2009. Revision of Indo-Pacific species of the loosejaw dragonfish genus Photostomias (Teleostei: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae). Copeia 1: 175-189.

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CAAB Code:37112006


Depth:100-2000 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max weight:11 cm SL

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