Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophinae
Etymology: Diogenichthys: Taken from Diogenes, cinic philosopher who showed his comptent for the amenities of life by living in a tube, 1802 + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 1050 m (Ref. 4479). Deep-water; 50°N - 48°S, 82°W - 109°W
Atlantic Ocean: widely but unevenly distributed between 50°N and 48°S, less abundant or absent in regions of low productivity. Western Indian Ocean: between 22°S and 45°S. Pacific Ocean: widespread uneven distribution between 35°N and 25°S. South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 2 - ? cm
Max length : 2.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4479)
Oceanic, epipelagic to mesopelagic (Ref. 4066, 58302), found between 400-930 m during the day and between 18-1,050 m at night (with maximum abundance at 50-100 m and 500-700 m at night) (Ref. 4479). Larvae and juveniles non-migratory at least near the Canary Islands (Ref. 4479). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 31442). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Hulley, P.A., 1990. Myctophidae. p. 398-467. 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. 4479)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 8 - 20.6, mean 13.4 °C (based on 1072 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.25 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .