Neoscopelus macrolepidotus   Johnson,  1863 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 25.0 cm SL

Color: Sides of head and body are dark red in color with a silvery white ventral side. Fins are pinkish in color.

Origin of dorsal nearly midway between end of snout and end of adipose fin. Origin of anal half a head-length behind last dorsal rays. Pectorals much longer than head.
Dorsal spines (total): 0-0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 11-13.

Luminous organs: one on the lower portion of the praeopercle, a few small ones on the gillmembrane. On each side ventrally on the tongue 8-9 smaller organs and behind them a large one, which mat be visible from below between the mandibular branches. 8-9 along each side of isthmus. A median series beginning with 3 smaller ones on isthmus followed by 14-17 to anus. A small one between urogenital papilla and 4-5 behind anal. On each side of anus a row of 4-5 small ones. A ventro-lateral series of 31-35 organs, beginning at the vertical through beginning of median series and running to the caudal. An inferior lateral series of 9-10 organs running from above-named vertical to ventrals. A superior lateral series of 22-25 organs extending from dorsal base of pectorals to somewhat behind the end of the anal. 3 large ones before base of pectorals, 3-4 smaller behind it, 2-3 small ones before base of ventrals. Besides there may be some scattered small ones.

Synonym (s)
Scopelus macrolepidotus Gunther, 1864
Neoscopelus macrolepidotus Alcock, 1899
Neoscopelus macrolepidotus Brauer, 1906
Neoscopelus macrolepidotus Max Weber, 1913
Neoscopelus alcocki Jordan & Starks, 1904
Neoscopelus bruuni Whitley, 1931
Scopelus macrolepidotus (Johnson, 1863)

Common Name (s)
• Glowing Fish (English)
• Large-scaled Lanternfish
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Prey:  Nekton
Predator:  Bony fish


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Kerala, Off Travancore Coast INDIA
• Off Kerala INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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