Neoscopelidae

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Blackchins
Neoscopelus macrolepidotus.jpg
Large-scaled Lanternfish
Neoscopelus macrolepidotus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Myctophiformes
Family: Neoscopelidae
Danilchenko, 1947
Genera

Neoscopelus
Scopelengys
Solivomer

The Neoscopelidae (blackchins or neoscopelids) are a small family of deep sea fish closely related to the lanternfish. They are found in tropical and subtropical marine waters worldwide.[1]

They can be distinguished from the lanternfish only by a few technical characters, such as the position of the anal fin being far behind that of the dorsal fin. Some, but not all, species also lack the light-emitting organs (photophores) of the lanternfish. They are typically between 20 centimetres (7.9 in) and 30 centimetres (12 in) in length.[2] One genus has photophores arranged in a single series along the edge of the tongue and one or two along the ventral surface of the body.

Species[edit]

There are just six known species of neoscopelid, grouped into three genera:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hulley, P. Alexander (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 127–128. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2008). "Neoscopelidae" in FishBase. December 2008 version.