Benthosema pterotum   (Alcock,  1890) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 7.0 cm TL.

Dorsal spines (total): 0-0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 17-22, elongated body shape in lateral.

Dioecious, external fertilization, two seasonal peaks of spawning per year, non guarders of eggs, open water/substratum egg scatterers.
Copepods and various crustacean larvae seem to be the dominant food items. Lipid content is 4.6 % in fresh body weight.

Synonym (s)
Scopelus pterotus Alcock, 1890
Scopelus pterotum Alcock, 1890
Myctophum pterotum (Alcock, 1890)
Myctophum gilberti Evermann & Seale, 1907
Benthosema pterota (Alcock, 1890)

Common Name (s)
• Skinnycheek Lanternfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic copepods, ostracods, shrimps/prawns (unidentified macrurans), euphausiids ( Euphausia pacifica), Planktonic copepods ( Amallothrix sp., Candacia curta, Candacia spp., Eucalanus sp., Lucicutia flavicornis, Lucicutia gemina, Nannocalanus min
Predator:  Bony fishes of the families Lophiidae (Lophius litulon), Myctophidae (Diaphus coeruleus), Sciaenidae (Larimichthys polyactis), Scombridae (Euthynnus affinis, Scomber japonicus), Scyliorhinidae (Galeus nipponensis), Champsodontidae (Champsodon capensis)


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Arabian Sea INDIA
• Arabian Sea INDIA (Record: 1994-1997)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
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  • Harris, SA; Cyrus, DP and Forbes, AT (1995) The larval fish assemblage at the mouth of the Kosi estuary, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa South African Journal of Marine Science 16 351-364 Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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  • Karuppaswamy, PK; Muraleedharan, KR; Dineshkumar, PK and Nair, M (2009) Distribution of mesopelagic micronekton in the Arabian Sea during the winter monsoon Indian Journal of Marine Sciences NISCAIR 39(2) 227-237 Available at -
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