Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Stomiidae
(Barbeled dragonfishes) > Melanostomiinae
Etymology: Eustomias: Greek, eu = good + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 1050 m (Ref. 11333). Deep-water, preferred ?; 36°N - 35°S, 18°E - 137°W
Southeast Atlantic: south and west of Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Society and Marquesan islands, north to southern Japan, south to Western Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3984); 15.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 32 - 37. A single, very small terminal bulb 0.3-0.6% SL. Barbel short 20-35% SL in specimens over 8 cm and some smaller ones, shorter in some developing specimens up to about 8 cm. Three pairs of short filaments; each filament of 1 pair with a prominent, elongate distal bulblet that may be larger than the terminal bulb; a pair slender , with closely spaced very small bulblets; a pair simple, with few or no occlusions, and usually the longest. Axis of stem moderately pigmented, becoming darker before bulb and very dark over 1 side of bulb, where pigment forks and extends along axis of the pair of filaments with large bulblets. External chevron-shaped or roundish striated areas unpigmented. Dorsal paired spots between occiput and dorsal-fin origin 9 or 10 (rarely 7 or 8) (Ref. 11333).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Gibbs, R.H. Jr., 1986. Melanostomiidae. p. 236-243. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 3984)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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
): 4.2 ±0.8 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .