Stomias affinis   Gunther  1887 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Welter-Schultes, F.

Size: Max length 21.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Black. Fins white; dorsal, anal and ventrals with black margins.

Elongate, strongly compressed with thin, deciduous, hexagonal scales. Head 8-10, depth of body 12-15, both in standard length. Eye diameter 4 in head and equal to interorbital space. Gape of mouth wide, oblique. Mandible projects beyond the upper jaw. Numerous small teeth on maxilla, teeth on intermaxillary large and widely spaced. Vomer with a pair of fangs; teeth on palatines small. Barbel as long as head and trifid at its extremity. Origin of dorsal fin behind origin of anal fin. Anal fin higher than dorsal fin. Ventral fins elongate, extend beyond front anal rays. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than head. Photophores: 16-17 branchiostegals; ventral series of 9 upto base of pectoral fin, 42-43 organs between pectoral and ventral fins; 6 between ventral and anal fins and 15-16 between origin of anal and caudal fins; another parallel series of organs below and a third series on midside of body.

Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 17-19; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 20-21; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 6; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 5;

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Stomias affinis Gunther 1887
Stomias elongatus Alcock 1891
Pseudeustomias myersi Fowler 1934
(Junior synonym)
Stomias affinis Gunther 1887
(Senior synonym)
Stomias elongatus Alcock 1891
(Junior synonym)
Stomias valdiviae Brauer 1906
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Zoobenthos, finfish, bony fish


• INDIA (Record: 1991)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
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  • Post, A and Svoboda, A (1980) Strandfunde mesopelagischer Fische aus dem Golf von Akaba. Archiv fuer Fischereiwissenschaft 30 137-143 Available at - ZOOR11700056166
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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