Warming's Lanternfish, Ceratoscopelus warmingii (Lütken 1892)

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Warming's Lanternfish, Ceratoscopelus warmingii (Lütken 1892)

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Known in Australian waters from off Cape York, Queensland, to off Cape Cuvier, Western Australia.

Elsewhere widespread in tropical and temperate Oceans, apart from Eastern Pacific; mesopelagic, migrating from about 900 m during day to upper 200 m at night, but not reaching surface, taken below 1500 m in Atlantic.


Meristic features:
Dorsal-fin rays: 14-15 (usually 14)
Anal-fin rays: 13-15
Pectoral-fin rays: 13-16 (usually 14-15)
Pelvic-fin rays: 8
Gill rakers: 4–7 (usually 6) + 14–15
AO photophores: 4–7 (usually 6) + 4–6 (usually 5–6)
VO photophores: 5

PO photophores level; luminous scales-like tissue present between the pelvic-fin base and the anus, and above the anal fin, with smaller luminous patches elsewhere on the body.


Skin black; fins clear.


  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not Evaluated
  • Species Citation

    Scopelus (Nyctophus) warmingii Lütken, 1892, K. Danske Vidensk. Selsk. Skr. (6)7: 259, fig. 19, SW of Azores, 32º06'N, 39º28'W.


    John R. Paxton & Dianne J. Bray

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    CAAB Code:37122021

    Behaviour:Daily vertical migration

    Depth:200-1500 m


    Max Size:8 cm SL

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