Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Aulopiformes
(Grinners) > Scopelarchidae
Etymology: Scopelarchus: Greek, skopelos = a lantern fish + Greek, archos = anus (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 820 m (Ref. 58018). Deep-water
Circumglobal in warm waters. Eastern Pacific: California Current region off southern California to the Baja California Peninsula. Western Atlantic: Off southeastern USA, the Bahamas, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea (Ref. 37039). Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 10755)
Oceanic and mesopelagic (Ref. 6601, 58302). Adults have usually been taken in hauls to depths in excess of 500 m although they have also been captured at night in several hauls between 275 to 0 m. Larvae have been captured in hauls restricted to the upper 100 m and have been captured year-round throughout its range (Ref. 10755). Oviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 35929). Synchronous hermaphrodites (Ref. 35929). Adults prey on other midwater fishes (Ref. 6691).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Johnson, R.K., 1990. Scopelarchidae. p. 393-397. In J. C. Quero, J. C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 10755)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 9.2 - 23, mean 14.6 °C (based on 1396 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00339 (0.00137 - 0.00836), b=3.16 (2.95 - 3.37), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.73 se; based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .