Thysanactis dentex Regan & Trewavas, 1930
Broomfin dragonfish
photo by Reiner, F.

Family:  Stomiidae (Barbeled dragonfishes), subfamily: Melanostomiinae
Max. size:  18 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 100 - 1000 m
Distribution:  Pacific and Atlantic: in tropical to temperate waters. Eastern Atlantic: common in mid-ocean between 10°N and 5°S, single record at 19°S 5°W and at 30°S 5°E. Western Atlantic: Lesser Antilles to Brazil.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-18; Anal soft rays: 21-25. Body slender. Chin barbel as long as head, pigmented with white spots. Tip of barbel white, small spindle-shaped bulb, minute and rounded terminal body (Ref. 37473).
Biology:  Mesopelagic (Ref. 559, 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 July 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 19.07.94
Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 01.09.08
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 28.07.94

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