Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Occurs on the continental slope (Ref. 7300).
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Distribution

Eastern Atlantic: off Angola (Ref. 4470), Namibia (Ref. 27121), and southeast of Cape Agulhas, South Africa (Ref. 3988). Also Indian and Pacific (Ref. 3988).
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Southern circumglobal (including Mascarenes), except not South America.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 - 13; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 23 - 26
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Size

Maximum size: 300 mm TL
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Max. size

30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3988))
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

bathypelagic; marine; depth range 300 - 1050 m (Ref. 4470)
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Depth range based on 1233 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 957 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 1612
  Temperature range (°C): 1.956 - 16.355
  Nitrate (umol/L): 1.166 - 35.428
  Salinity (PPS): 33.807 - 35.401
  Oxygen (ml/l): 2.283 - 7.761
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.305 - 2.416
  Silicate (umol/l): 2.685 - 77.158

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0 - 1612

Temperature range (°C): 1.956 - 16.355

Nitrate (umol/L): 1.166 - 35.428

Salinity (PPS): 33.807 - 35.401

Oxygen (ml/l): 2.283 - 7.761

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.305 - 2.416

Silicate (umol/l): 2.685 - 77.158
 
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Depth: 300 - 1050m.
From 300 to 1050 meters.

Habitat: bathypelagic. Occurs on the continental slope (Ref. 7300).
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Trophic Strategy

Found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Phosichthys argenteus

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Phosichthys argenteus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 30
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Wikipedia

Phosichthys argenteus

Phosichthys argenteus, the Silver lightfish, is a species of lightfish and the only member of the genus Phosichthys, is found in deep subtropical waters of all oceans, from depths of 500 to 2,000 m. Its length is between 10 and 30 cm. They are bioluminescent fishes, possessing rows of photophores along their sides, with which they hunt planktonic invertebrates, especially krill.

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