Opaline Lanternfish, Benthosema pterotum (Alcock 1890)

Other Names: Spinycheek Lanternfish

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Opaline Lanternfish, Benthosema pterotum (Alcock 1890)

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West of Darwin to the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-Pacific.
A benthopelagic and mesopelagic species inhabiting depths of 130-300 m during the day, migrating to depths of 10-200 m at night.


Feeds mostly on feeds mainly on copepods and crustacean larvae.

Species Citation

Scopelus (Mycophum) pterotus Alcock 1890, Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6 6(33): 217. Type locality: Madras coast, India, 18°30'N, 84°46'E, Investigator station 96, depth 98-102 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Opaline Lanternfish, Benthosema pterotum (Alcock 1890)


Alcock, A.W. 1890. Natural history notes from H.M. Indian Marine survey steamer Investigator. No. 16. On the bathybial fishes collected in the Bay of Bengal during the season 1889–1890. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6 6(33): 197-222 pls 8-9 Ref at BHL

Alcock, A.W. 1894. Illustrations of the zoology of the Royal Indian marine surveying steamer Investigator,...Fishes. Calcutta. Illustrations of the zoology of the Royal Indian marine surveying steamer Investigator Part 2: no p., Pls. 8-13.

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

Legand, M. & Rivaton, J. 1967. Cycles biologiques des poissons mesopelagiques dans l'est de l'Ocean Indien. Cahiers O.R.S.T.O.M. Serie Océanographique 5(4): 73-98 figs 1-12 

Paxton, J.R. 2010. Benthosema pterotum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155260A4759559. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T155260A4759559.en. Downloaded on 01 November 2018.

Paxton, J.R. & Hulley, P.A. 1999. Myctophidae. pp. 1957-1965 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.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37122079

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:10-300 m


Max Size:7 cm TL

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