Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Aulopiformes
(Grinners) > Notosudidae
Etymology: Scopelosaurus: Greek, skopelos = a lantern fish + Greek, sauros = lizard (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 102 - 1440 m (Ref. 50550). Deep-water, preferred ?; 60°N - 20°N
North Pacific: off Taiwan, waters of Kamchatka, Japan, and Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk, Bering Sea, off British Columbia, California and Alaska Bay.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. )
Morphology | Morphometrics
Individuals of 20-22 cm SL, feeds on various types of plankton, almost exclusively deep-sea copepods of Pareuchaeta. Larger specimens also feed on squid, shrimp, and fish (Ref. 35945).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Balanov, A.A. and V.F. Savinykh, 1999. Redescriptions of Scopelosaurus harryi and S. adleri (Notosudidae): two valid mesopelagic species inhabiting the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. J. Ichthyol. 39(8):616-625. (Ref. 35945)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00295 (0.00121 - 0.00721), b=3.18 (2.96 - 3.40), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.5 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .