Mirror Lanternfish, Lampadena speculigera Goode & Bean 1896

Illustration of a Mirror Lanternfish, Lampadena speculigera, 6.6 cm SL, from east of New Zealand. Source: Fig 3, in Nafpaktitis & Paxton (1968) Contributions in Science (Los Angeles) 138:1-29 / Biodiversity Heritage Library. License: CC BY Attribution

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Mirror Lanternfish, Lampadena speculigera Goode & Bean 1896

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Off Sydney, New South Wales, to off Madura, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species is circumglobal in southern waters (also recorded from the North Atlantic).


Lanternfishes use counter-illumination to regulate the brightness of their photophores for camouflage.
The species undertakes diel vertical migration to feed in shallower waters at night.


The specific name is from the Latin speculum (= mirror) and gero (to bear), literally covered with glistening mirrors.

Species Citation

Lampadena speculigera Goode & Bean 1896, Special Bulletin, United States National Museum 2: 85, pl. 26(99). Type locality: North Atlantic, 39°48'N, 70°36'W, depth 551 fathoms.


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Mirror Lanternfish, Lampadena speculigera Goode & Bean 1896


Goode, G.B. & Bean, T.H. 1896. Oceanic ichthyology. Special Bulletin. United States National Museum 2: 1-553 pls 1-123 See ref at BHL

Hulley, P. 2015. Lampadena speculigera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T60471855A60793716. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T60471855A60793716.en. Downloaded on 01 July 2021.

Nafpaktitis, B.G. & Paxton, J.R. 1968. Review of the lanternfish genus Lampadena with a description of a new species. Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Contributions in Science 138: 1-29 figs 1-10 See ref at BHL

Robertson, D.A. & Clements, K.D. 2015. 89 Family Myctophidae. pp. 613-680 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

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CAAB Code:37122062

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:60-950 m


Max Size:15.3 cm SL

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