Astronesthes lucifer   Gilbert,  1905 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: Height of body 6.3-6.6 and head 4.4-4.8 in standard length; Eye 4.2-4.4

Colour:Sides of head and body greyish silvery, dark brownish above and below.

Body elongate, compressed, devoid of scales.Gape of mouth extending to the head; Chin with a long fleshy barbel with dilated tip extending up to middle
of tip of pectoral. Ventrals midway between origin of anal and preopercle; occular luminous organ close to eye. Dorsal a little behind insertion of ventrals.
Adipose fin opposite to anal. Intermaxilla with 4 unequally placed unequal teeth. A ventral series of 60-61 photophores from isthmus to caudal. A lateral series of 35-38 photophores from gill opening to anal.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Brilliant Snaggle Tooth
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Coastal


• Kerala, Off Alleppey INDIA (Depth: 329.18-338.32 mts)
• Off Kerala INDIA
• Off South West Coast INDIA (Record: 01/1962-12/1968) (Depth: 180-450 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Tholasilingam, T; Venkataraman, G and Krishna Kartha, KN (1964) On some Bathypelagic fishes taken from the Continental slope off the South West Coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Central Marine Fisheries Research Sub-Station, Ernakulam 6(2) 268-284 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -
  • Silas, EG (1969) Part-1 Exploratory otter trawling surveys by R.V. Varuna and other vessels operating in association with her from the continental shelf edge and the upper continental slope off the south-west coast of India Exploratory fishing by R.V. Varuna Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 12 7-51 Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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