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Temporal range: 55–0 Ma

Early Eocene to present[1]
Diaphus metopoclampus.jpg
Spothead lantern fish (D. metopoclampus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Myctophiformes
Family: Myctophidae
Genus: Diaphus
C. H. Eigenmann & R. S. Eigenmann, 1890

77 species (see text)

Headlight fish (D. effulgens)

Diaphus is a genus of lanternfishes.[2][3][4] It is the most species rich lanternfish genus.[4]


There are 77 recognized species:[3]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 363: 1–560. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  2. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke; R. van der Laan, eds. (30 March 2017). "Catalog of Fishes". California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2016). Species of Diaphus in FishBase. October 2016 version.
  4. ^ a b Nafpaktitis, Basil G.; Robertson, Don A.; Paxton, John R. (1995). "Four new species of the lanternfish genus Diaphus (Myctophidae) from the Indo‐Pacific". New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 29 (3): 335–344. doi:10.1080/00288330.1995.9516668.