Genus Ceratoscopelus

A worldwide genus with three species, one in Australian waters. Ceratoscopelus has more than 2 Prc photophores, jaws extending far behind the eye; many luminous patches or ‘scales’ in addition to primary photophores near dorsal and ventral borders of body, complete in specimens over 38 mm SL; large luminous ‘scales’ between ventral-fin and anal-fin bases unique to genus; procurrent caudal-fin elements as well-developed spines with basal hooks. Nafpaktitis et al. (1977) reviewed genus and 2 of 3 species.
Author: John R. Paxton & Dianne J. Bray

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John R. Paxton & Dianne J. Bray, Ceratoscopelus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 04 Mar 2024,


Nafpaktitis, B. G., R. H. Backus, J. E. Craddock, R. L. Haedrich,  B. H.Robison & C. Karnella.  1977.  Family Myctophidae. In Fishes of the western North Atlantic, edited by R.H. Gibbs, Jr. et al. Mem. Sears Found. Mar. Res. 1(7): 13–265.

Paxton, J.R. & Bray, D.J. 2008. Family Myctophidae. pp. 270-294. in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.