Lucifer penicillifer   Hansen,  1919 (Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Size: 9.5-10 mm TL (male); 10-11 mm TL (female)

Color: Semi-transparent

The length of the neck is just greater than twice the length of the eye and eye stalks. Eye stalks are conical in shape. It is having the following diagnostic characters-length of the eye stalk is short. Length of the first antennular segment to the front margin of th eye-extended slightly beyond the cornea. The terminal portion of the petasma sheath is expanded as an oblique plate. Distal part curved with small tubercles on the inner side. The process ventralis is flattened narrow at the base and broad towards the end, terminates in a bipartite brush of numerous short chitinous threads. The anterior process of the 6th abdominal segment is very acute and curved. The apical marginal process of the exopod of uropods in both male and female is a triangular tooth not reaching beyond the upper distal angle; the terminal margin is oblique in male, considerably oblique in female.

Similar species: Eye stalks shaped as in Lucifer intermedius but conical.

Synonym (s)
Lucifer typus (non Milne Edwards) Stebbing, 1914
Lucifer penicillifer Barnard, 1947
Lucifer penicillifer Barnard, 1950
Lucifer penicillifer Gordon, 1956
Lucifer penicillifer Nasima & Wali, 1971
Lucifer penicillifer Kensley, 1971
Lucifer penicillifer Hayashi & Tsumura, 1981

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Arabian Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1985-1987) (Depth: -(50-200) mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 71) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: -(100-200) mts)
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 74) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: -(100-200) mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 5) (Long: 85) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: -(50-200) mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14.5) (Long: 95) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: -(50-200) mts)
• Andaman Sea INDIA (Record: 1981)

Literature Source(s)
  • Naomi, TS; Antony, G; George, RM and Jasmine, S (2006) Monograph on the planktonic shrimps of the genus Lucifer (family Luciferidae) from the Indian EEZ CMFRI, Cochin, Kerala, India 49 54 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Karuppasamy, PK and Menon, NG (2005) Penaeoid and sergestoid shrimps from the deep scattering layer (DSL) in the Arabian Sea Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 47(1) 101-105 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Antony, G (2005) Occurrence and distribution of the planktonic shrimps of the genus Lucifer in the EEZ of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 47(1) 20-30 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Conway, DVP; White, RG; Hugues-Dit-Ciles, J; Gallienne, CP and Robins, DB (2003) Guide to the coastal and surface zooplankton of the south western Indian Ocean Occasional publication no 15 Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Occasional Publication of the Marine Biological association of the United Kingdom 354 pp Available at -
  • Karuppasamy, PK; Menon, NG; Nair, KK and Achuthankutty, CT (2006) Distribution and abundance of pelagic shrimps from the deep scattering layer of the eastern Arabian Sea Journal of shellfish research The National Shellfisheries Association 25 1013-1019 Available at -

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