Bigscale, Melamphaes danae Ebeling 1962

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Bray, D.J. 2023, Melamphaes danae in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024,

Bigscale, Melamphaes danae Ebeling 1962

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North-west of Exmouth, Western Australia; also the Norfolk Ridge in the Tasman Sea (AUS EEZ). Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-west-Central Pacific.
A meso- to bathypelagic species that undertakes diel vertical migrations to depths of 75–1,275 metres at night and 650–1,275 m during the day.

Species Citation

Melamphaes danae Ebeling 1962, Dana Reports 58: 102, fig. 37. Type locality:  Sulawesi Sea [4°03'N, 123°26'E].


Bray, D.J. 2023


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Bigscale, Melamphaes danae Ebeling 1962


Ebeling, A.W. 1962. Melamphaidae I. Systematics and zoogeography of the species in the bathypelagic fish genus Melamphaes Günther. Dana Report 58: 1-164.

Ebeling, A.W. 1986. Family No. 133: Melamphaidae. pp. 427-431 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. See ref at BHL

Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. and Wantiez, L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde A, Neue Serie 4: 341-463.

Kotlyar, A.N. 2016. Revision of the genus Melamphaes (Melamphaidae): 7. Oligo-raker species: M. danae and M. pumilis. Voprosy Ikhtiologii 56(4): 379-390. [in Russian, English translation in Journal of Ichthyology]

Kotlyar, A.N. 2016. Revision of the genus Melamphaes (Melamphaidae): 7. Oligo-raker species: M. danae and M. pumilis. Journal of Ichthyology 56(4): 477-487.

Moore, J. 2020. Melamphaes danae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T137569640A137570794. Accessed on 06 June 2023.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37251014

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:125-1350 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:2.3 cm SL

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CAAB distribution map