Spinycheek Lanternfish, Benthosema fibulatum (Gilbert & Cramer 1897)

A Spinycheek Lanternfish, Benthosema fibulatum, at night in Bali, Indonesia, depth 25 m. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

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Spinycheek Lanternfish, Benthosema fibulatum (Gilbert & Cramer 1897)

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Off Perth, Western Australia, to the Ashmore Reef area, Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory, and the Coral Sea off north Queensland to SE of Gabo Island, Victoria. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Individuals are occasionally seen at night in relatively shallow waters near deep drop-offs.


Dorsal fin 12-14; Anal fin 18-20; Vertebrae 31-32. Anal organs 10-11.
Mature males with large 3 to 5 translucent supracaudal gland and smaller infracaudal gland; mature females have small supracaudal gland and much smaller infracaudal patches.

Species Citation

Myctophum fibulatum Gilbert & Cramer 1897, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 19(1114): 411, pl. 38(3). Type locality: Kaiwi Channel, Hawaiian Islands, 21°13'N, 157°43'37"W, Albatross station 3467, depth 310 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Spinycheek Lanternfish, Benthosema fibulatum (Gilbert & Cramer 1897)


Gilbert, C.H. & Cramer, F. 1897. Report on the fishes dredged in deep water near the Hawaiian Islands, with descriptions and figures of twenty-three new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 19(1114): 403-435 pls 36-48 Ref at BHL

Hulley, P.A. 1986. Order Myctophiformes. pp. 282-322 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Paxton, J.R. & Hulley, P.A. 1999. Families Neoscopelidae. pp. 1955-1956 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

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CAAB Code:37122078

Depth:0-2000 m


Max Size:10 cm TL

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