Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Myctophiformes
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophidae
(Lanternfishes) > Myctophinae
Etymology: Centrobranchus: Greek, kentron = sting + Greek, brangchia = gills (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 700 m (Ref. 4479). Deep-water, preferred ?; 40°N - 45°S
Eastern Atlantic: Morocco to Senegal and from Gabon to Angola. Western Atlantic: USA to about 14°N, and from Brazil to Argentina. Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Indian Ocean: 8°S to 34°S. Southwest Pacific: off New Zealand. Southeast Pacific: northern section of the California Current region (Ref. 31442) and off Chile. Reported from Hawaii (Ref. 583) and Japan (Ref. 559).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 3 - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4479)
High-oceanic, epipelagic to mesopelagic, at 375-650 m by day (most common at 500 m); nycto-epipelagic at surface and down to 200 m (Ref. 4775). Neustonic at 0-200 m at night (Ref. 58302). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 31442).
Gago, F.J. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1992. Systematics of the lanternfish genus Centrobranchus (Pisces: Myctophidae). Copeia 1992(1):154-161. (Ref. 7452)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [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), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .