Largefin Lanternfish, Hygophum sp.

Other Names: Large-finned Lanternfish
The identity of this species is uncertain. Australian specimens most closely resemble those of Hygophum macrochir from the North Atlantic as described by Bekker (1965). H. macrochir is endemic to the Atlantic Ocean (see Hulley 2015).

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Hygophum sp. in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Jan 2023,

Largefin Lanternfish, Hygophum sp.

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Off Cape Howe, New South Wales, and off Eucla to off Point Nuyts, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the North Atlantic and South Pacific.


The specific name macrochir is from the Greek macro- (= long) and cheiros (= hand) in reference to the long pectoral fin of this species that extends to the anal fin.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Largefin Lanternfish, Hygophum sp.


Becker, V.E. 1965. Lanternfishes of the genus Hygophum (Myctophidae, Pisces), systematics and distribution. Trudy Instituta Okeanologii. Akademiya Nauk SSSR. Moskva 73: 11-75 figs 1-11 [in Russian; Bur. Comm. Fish. Ichthyol. Lab. Transl. 45] 

Hulley, P. 2015. Hygophum macrochir. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T15598815A15603745. Downloaded on 24 September 2019.

McGinnis, R.F. 1982. Biology of the Antarctic Seas XII. Biogeography of lanternfishes (Myctophidae) south of 30°S. American Geophysical Union. Antarctic Research Series 35: 1-110 figs 1-56

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CAAB Code:37122092

Depth:0-750 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, oceanic

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