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

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Size: 20-45 mm

Body robust, tapering to a very slender caudal peduncle. Head 3.7, depth of body 4.2, both in standard length. Eye diameter 3.5 in head, 0.6 in somewhat conical and prominent snout. End of maxillary not dilated, reaching ¾ eye diameter behind eye. Origin of dorsal fin midway between hind border of eye and adipose fin and far behind a vertical from the ventral fin. Insertion of ventral fin midway between preopercular border and anal fin origin. Anal fin origin opposite to last rays of dorsal fin. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly longer than postorbital length of head. Ventral fin slightly shorter than half length of head. Scales cycloid. Gill rakers rudimentary.
Photophores: A dorsal and ventral antorbital; 3 branchiostegals; 2 operculars, the larger far below the level of lower border of eye, the smaller behind angle of jaws; 2 subpectorales (PVO), the posterior at the lower edge of base of pectoral, the anterior above the interspace between second and third maculce pectorales (PO); suprapectorales (PLO) slightly above and before the upper edge of base of pectoral; supraventral (VLO) slightly anterior to a vertical from the first ventrales (VO), between origin of ventral fin and lateral line; 5 PO equidistant between isthmus and ventral fin; 4 VO between ventral fin and vent; anales (AO) in two groups, the anterior group of 6-7 above the first 3/5 of anal, of the posterior group of 10-11 the first two above the anal; 2 Prc on the same level; 3 supra-anales (SAO) almost in a straight line, the first above the last VO, the third near lateral line in a vertical from the insertion of anal, the first two closer together; posterolaterales (Pol) below the lateral line, above the last organ of the anterior AO. 4 infracaudal luminous scales present.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 12; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 19; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 8; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 39.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scopelus (Rhinoscopelus) andreae Lutken 1892
Myctophum andreae Jones 1969
Centrobranchus gracilicaudus Gilbert 1905
Myctophum (Myctophum) andreae Brauer 1906

Common Name (s)
• Little Lantemfish
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea (Lat: 10.08) (Long: 73.16) 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 -
  • 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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