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Temporal range: Miocene to Present[1]
Symbolophorus barnardi (no common name).gif
Barnard's Lanternfish (S. barnardi)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Myctophiformes
Family: Myctophidae
Genus: Symbolophorus
Bolin & Wisner, 1959

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Symbolophorus is a genus of lanternfishes. It feeds on various small forms of sea life, in particular fish. Some species in this genus are known to exhibit the Stylophthalmine trait in their larval form


There are currently eight recognized species in this genus: [2]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Symbolophorus in FishBase. April 2012 version.