Poromitra megalops (Lütken, 1878)
Poromitra megalops
photo by Garazo Fabregat, A./ Román Marcote, E.

Family:  Melamphaidae (Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
Max. size:  6.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 150 - 1000 m
Distribution:  Atlantic Ocean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 9-10; Vertebrae: 27-30. Branchiostegal rays: 8 (Ref. 36655). Large eye, measures more than 20% of head length. Body slender and angular. Scales on body and operculum mostly missing. Pelvic fin long, extends almost to anal fin origin. Gal bladder well developed (Ref. 37108).
Biology:  Mesopelagic species, adults trawled at depths below 400 m, juveniles below 150 meters. There is significant morphological variation between Indo-Pacific and other populations. Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 36655).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 06.03.96
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 03.06.10

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