Myctophum asperum

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Myctophum asperum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Myctophiformes
Family: Myctophidae
Genus: Myctophum
Species: M. asperum
Binomial name
Myctophum asperum
J. Richardson, 1845[1][2]

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Myctophum asperum, common name the prickly lanternfish,[3] is a species of deep sea fish in the family Myctophidae, the "lanternfish".


This species has large eyes, and grows to a maximum length of approximately 8.5 cm.[2][4]


Myctophum asperum is found in the following regions:[4]

  • North and south equatorial currents
  • Equatorial countercurrents
  • East Australian and Agulhas currents
  • Eastern Central Pacific.
  • South China Sea and East China Sea

Larvae have also been found in the Taiwan Strait.[4]


This species is found at depths of between 425 and 750 metres during the day.[4] At night it can descend to depths of 125 metres to feed on plankton.[2]


  • Dasyscopelus asper (Richardson, 1845)
  • Dasyscopelus naufragus Waite, 1904
  • Scopelus asper (Richardson, 1845)[1][2]


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