Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Myctophiformes > Myctophidae > Lampanyctodes > Lampanyctodes hectoris

Lampanyctodes hectoris (Lanternfish; Hector's lanternfish)

Synonyms: Lampanyctus argenteus; Lampanyctus hectoris; Myctophum argenteus; Scopelus argenteus; Scopelus hectoris
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Wikipedia Abstract

Hector's lanternfish (Lampanyctodes hectoris) is a lanternfish in the family Myctophidae, the only species in the genus Lampanyctodes. It is named after James Hector. It is a widespread marine fish, known from shallow tropical waters in the south-eastern Atlantic, from the western Pacific off Australia and New Zealand, and from the eastern Pacific off Chile. It is one of the few species of lanternfishes to inhabit shallow waters, and in those waters it is one of the most abundant species of fish, and central to the food chain of the upper continental slope. The abundance is due to its high fecundity — it spawns multiple times in the winter so that the fry can take advantage of the spring bloom of krill.
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Maximum Longevity [2]  3 years
Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Prey / Diet

Candacia bipinnata[3]
Euphausia lucens[3]
Euphausia similis[3]
Lucicutia flavicornis[3]
Nematoscelis megalops[3]
Neocalanus tonsus[3]
Oncaea media[3]
Oncaea venusta[3]
Parathemisto gracilipes[3]
Pleuromamma abdominalis[3]
Pleuromamma gracilis[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Allothunnus fallai (Tuna)2
Beryx splendens (Alfonsin)1
Caprodon longimanus (Pink maomao)1
Ceratoscopelus warmingii (Warming's lanternfish)1
Diaphus danae (Blue lantern-fish)7
Diaphus perspicillatus (transparent lanternfish)2
Diaphus schmidti (Lanternfish)1
Diaphus taaningi (Taaning's lanternfish)1
Electrona paucirastra (Belted lanternfish)1
Gymnoscopelus bolini (Lanternfish)1
Hygophum hanseni (Hansen's lanternfish)3
Lampanyctus australis (Austral lanternfish)3
Lampanyctus steinbecki (Longfin lampfish)1
Larimichthys polyactis (Yellowfish)1
Maurolicus muelleri (Silvery lightfish)7
Metelectrona herwigi (Herwig lanternfish)2
Nototheniops larseni (Painted notie)1
Phosichthys argenteus (Silver lighthouse fish)1
Sardina pilchardus (European pilchard)1
Sigmops elongatus (Bristlemouth)2
Sigmops gracilis (Slender fangjaw)1
Thyrsites atun (snake mackerel)1
Trachurus murphyi (Southern jack mackerel)1


Apogonops anomalus (Flathead feed)[4]
Arctocephalus forsteri (Australasian Fur Seal)[5]
Arctocephalus pusillus (Brown Fur Seal)[6]
Brama australis (Southern ray's bream)[7]
Brama brama (Ray's bream)[4]
Centriscops humerosus (Trumpet fish)[4]
Cephalorhynchus hectori (Hector's Dolphin)[8]
Coelorinchus fasciatus (Rattail)[6]
Cyttus traversi (horsehead)[4]
Deania calcea (Thompsons shark)[4]
Deania profundorum (Arrowhead dogfish)[6]
Diaphus danae (Blue lantern-fish)[3]
Enteroctopus magnificus (Southern Giant Octopus)[9]
Epigonus lenimen (Deepsea big-eye)[4]
Etmopterus sculptus (Sculpted lanternshark)[6]
Eudyptes robustus (Snares Penguin)[10]
Genypterus blacodes (Rock ling)[6]
Helicolenus percoides (Sea perch)[4]
Lepidopus caudatus (Southern frostfish)[4]
Lepidorhynchus denticulatus (Deepsea whiptail)[4]
Macruronus novaezelandiae (Whiptail hake)[11]
Merluccius capensis (Cape hake)[6]
Neocyttus rhomboidalis (Deepwater dory)[4]
Onykia ingens (warty squid)[6]
Procellaria aequinoctialis (White-chinned Petrel)[12]
Puffinus griseus (Sooty Shearwater)[12]
Squalus mitsukurii (Spiny dogfish)[6]
Stenella attenuata (Pantropical Spotted Dolphin)[13]
Thalassarche carteri (Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross)[6]
Thyrsites atun (snake mackerel)[14]
Trachurus declivis (Scaly mackerel)[4]
Zeus capensis (Cape dory)[6]


Agulhas Current; Angola; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Southeast; Australia; Benguela Current; Chile; East Central Australian Shelf; Eastern Atlantic: Benguela Upwelling Region south of about 19°S. Western Pacific: off southern Australia and New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: Chile.; Humboldt Current; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Namibia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; North Australian Shelf; Northwest Australian Shelf; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; South Africa; Southwest Chilean Waters; Tasman Sea;



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