Sternoptyx diaphana   Hermann  1781 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 4.5 cm.

Color: Silvery, back darkish, fins translucent.

Height generally equal to distance between snout and base of tail but varying very much according to length. Eye may be smaller or larger, according to which the point of the snout is situated above or below the level of the ventral margin of the eye. For position of fins and teeth see the diagnosis of the genus. Luminous organs: a postorbital behind middle of eye, inconspicuous in full grown specimens. A suborbital one close to the praeopercular spine. One ventrally on the operculum. A on group of 3 on branchiostegal membrane. In the ventral series a group of 5 on the isthmus, 10 in a close-set series on each side along the ventral edge. A group of 3 between ventrals and anal, situated far above the ventral contour. A group of 3 at the beginning of the tail above the transparent integumentary fold. A single organ slightly above and before it. A group of 3 above the base of the pectorals.

Synonym (s)
Sternoptyx diaphana Gunther 1887
Sternoptyx diaphana Brauer 1906
Sternoptyx diaphana Zugmayer 1911
Sternoptyx diaphana Max Weber 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1965)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1965) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E.J. Brill, Leiden, Holland 2 404 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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