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Stomias boa ferox  Reinhardt, 1842

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes (Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Stomiidae (Barbeled dragonfishes) > Stomiinae
Etymology: Stomias: Greek, stoma = mouth; hard briddle (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 20 - 800 m (Ref. 86779), usually 500 - ? m (Ref. 86779).   Deep-water; 65°N -

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North Atlantic: north of 30°N. Replaced by Stomias boa boa off northern Africa and in the Mediterranean.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4783)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-21; Anal soft rays: 19 - 23; Vertebrae: 77 - 83. Body slender. Six rows of pigmented areas dorsal to lateral photophores. Photophores in ventral row separate, small teeth on each side of the symphysis. Black to dark brown, sides iridescent (Ref. 37473).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A mesopelagic species that lives deeper than 500 m during daylight and migrates to the upper 200 m at night. Observed by submersibles to position themselves horizontally in the water column with pelvic and pectoral fins spread wide, with barbel pointing forward. A predatory fish presumed to lie-and-wait and capable of quick bursts of speed (Ref. 86779). Feeds on midwater fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 4783). Oviparous.

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Collette, B.B. and G. Klein-MacPhee (eds.), 2002. Bigelow and Schroeder’s fishes of the Gulf of Maine, third ed. Caldwell, N.J. : Blackburn Press, 577 p.: ill.; 27 cm. (Ref. 86779)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = No PD50 data   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00234 (0.00096 - 0.00573), b=3.16 (2.94 - 3.38), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.55 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .