Myctophum aurolaternatum   Garman,  1899 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max length: 11.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Brownish on back, slightly lighter below.

Head 3.6 and depth of body 5.2, both in standard length. Eye diameter 3.1 in head and about 0.35 in bluntly rounded snout. End of maxillary slightly dilated, reaching 1/3 diameter of eye behind eye. Dorsal fin origin midway between hind border of eye and origin of adipose fin and behind insertion of ventral fin. Ventral fin origin nearer to hind border of operculum than to origin of anal fin. Anal fin origin slightly behind a level from the end of dorsal fin base. Scales cycloid, deciduous.
Photophores: An antorbital at the lower anterior margin of eye; 2 operculars, the dorsal one below level of the lower margin of eye, the lower smaller one opposite the hind end of upper jaw; 3 branchiostegals; suprapectorales (PLO) midway between lateral line and insertion of pectoral; 2 subpectorales (PVO), the posterior before the lower base of pectoral, the anterior above the second maculce pectorales (PO); supraventral (VLO) slightly behind the insertion of ventral, between ventral and lateral line; 5 PO between isthmus and ventral, the third and fourth closer than others; 4 ventrales (VO) in a straight series between ventral and vent; the anterior group of 11 anales (AO) above the first ¾ of anal fin, the posterior group of 6 begins above the last anal ray; 2 Prc obliquely behind each other; 3 supra-anales (SAO) in almost a straight line, the first above and slightly behind fourth VO and the uppermost neat lateral line above insertion of anal; posterolaterales (Pol) near lateral line slightly behind the last organ of the anterior group of AO.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 13; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 23; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 13; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 8; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 44; gill raker count: 5+1+11.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders. Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Myctophum aurolaternatum Garman, 1899
Myctophum (Myctophum) aurolineatus Bolin, 1939
Myctophum aurolaternatum Garman, 1899
(Senior synonym)
Myctophum aurolaternatum gracilior Fowler, 1944
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Coloured Lanternfish
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Mollusks
Predator:  Whales, dolphins


• Lakshadweep Sea (Lat: 10.05) (Long: 74.16) INDIA
• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
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  • 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 -
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1966) New records of fishes from the seas around India - Part IV Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 8(1) 163-180 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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