Genus Astronesthes


A genus of dragonfishes with about 47 species; 12 species known from Australian waters.

Species have the following characteristics: snout of moderate length; maxillary teeth closely spaced and comb-like, slanting rearward, bases touching; anterior premaxillary and mandibular teeth fang-like; postorbital light organ smaller than eye; lateral and ventral photophores not broken into groups; ventral adipose fin present, smaller than dorsal adipose fin (Kenaley et al. 2008). Further information in Parin & Borodulina (2003).

Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Astronesthes in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Jul 2024,


Kenaley, C.P., Harold, A.S. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Stomiidae. pp. 240-254 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Parin, N.V. & Borodulina, O.D. 2003. Phylogeny, systematics, and zoogeography of the mesopelagic genus Astronesthes (Astronesthidae, Stomiiformes). Journal of Ichthyology 43(8): 557-576.