Myctophum reinhardti   (Lutken,  1892) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 13-28 mm

Color: Pale brownish with silvery reflections

Head 3.1-3.3 in standard length, 3.9-4.2 in total length. Depth of body 3.9-4.3 in standard length, 5.0-5.5 in total length. Eye diameter 3.1-3.4 in head and about 0.4 in snout. End of maxillary strongly dilated, reaching to a vertical through hind border of eye. Origin of dorsal fin midway between hind border of eye and adipose fin, and slightly behind a level from the insertion of ventral fins. Origin of ventral fin nearer to hind border of operculum than to anal fin. Origin of anal fin opposite to last ray of dorsal fin. Ventral fin as long as postorbital length of head. Scales cycloid, deciduous.
Photophores: A dorsal and a ventral antorbital; 2 operculars, the larger one on a level with the ventral border of eye, lower smaller one behind the maxillary; 3 branchiostegals; 2 subpectorales (PVO), one at the lower edge of base of pectoral fin and the anterior above the base of second maculce pectorales (PO); suprapectorales (PLO) midway between origin of lateral line and upper edge of base of pectoral fin; supraventral (VLO) midway between ventral and lateral line; 5 PO between isthmus and ventral; 4 ventrales (VO) in a straight series between ventral and vent; anterior group of anales (AO) 5-7 above anterior 2/3 of anal, posterior group of 5-7, the first two or three of which lie above the anal; 2 Prc, the posterior touching the lateral line; 3 supra-anales (SAO) in blunt angle, the anterior above the interspace between second and third VO, the second behind a level from the last VO and the third obliquely above in contact with the lateral line; 2 posterolaterales (Pol), the anterior above the last anterior AO and the other above the interspace between the two groups of AO in contact with the lateral line.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 12-13; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 19-20; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 13-14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 8; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 39-40; gill raker count: 4+1+12-13.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scopelus reinhardtii Lutken, 1892
Myctophum benoiti var. reinhardti Weber and de Beaufort, 1913
Myctophum reinhardti Jones and Kumaran, 1959

Common Name (s)
• Kelathi Fitham
• Reinhart's Lanternfish
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea (Lat: 10.08) (Long: 73.16) INDIA
• Lakshadweep Sea (Lat: 10.05) (Long: 74.16) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna 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 -
  • Jordan, DS and Jordan, EK (1922) A list of the fishes of Hawaii, with notes and descriptions of new species Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum Board of trustees of the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh 10 (1) 120 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1959) The fishing industry of Minicoy Island with special reference to the tuna fishery Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 6 (1) 30-57 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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