Longbarb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias longibarbatus (Brauer 1902)

Other Names: Scaly Dragonfish

Illustration of a Longbarb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias longibarbatus. Source: 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. License: Copyright Expired

An iridescent silver dragonfish with a very short, compressed caudal peduncle, and very long pale barbel with pale filamentous bulb.

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Longbarb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias longibarbatus (Brauer 1902)

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Coral Sea off northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is circumglobal in equatorial to subtropical waters.


Dorsal fin 13-14; Anal fin 15-17.
Slender body, caudal peduncle strongly compressed, extremely short. 


Most likely feeds on mesopelagic fishes and some crustaceans.

Species Citation

Macrostomias longibarbatus Brauer 1902, Zoologischer Anzeiger 25(668): 283. Type locality: Gulf of Guinea, off Italian Somaliland.


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Longbarb Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias longibarbatus (Brauer 1902)


Brauer, A. 1902. Diagnosen von neuen Tiefseefischen, welche von der Valdivia-Expedition gesammelt sind. Zoologischer Anzeiger 25(668): 277-298. 
Clarke, T.A. 1974. Some aspects of the ecology of stomiatoid fishes in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. Fishery Bulletin (U.S.) 72(2): 337-351 figs 1-5 

Fink, W. L & Fink, S.V. 1986. A phylogenetic analysis of the genus Stomias, including the synonymization of Macrostomias. Copeia 1986(2): 494-503.

Harold, A. 2015. Stomias longibarbatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T18257655A21909560. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T18257655A21909560.en. Downloaded on 02 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:37112003


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:400-1,463 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:43 cm SL

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