First record of deep-water lightfish from Indian waters

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Teleostei Müller, 1845

Order: Stomiiformes Rosen, 1973

Family: Phosichthyidae Weitzman, 1974

Ichthyococcus parini Mukhacheva, 1980

Collection: Indian Ocean, west of Maldives, 5.13°N, 69.05°E, 506 m, 12.09.2015 (FORVSS 344I, St. 07), Cosmos Trawl; SE Arabian Sea, northwest of Agatti Island, Lakshadweep, 11.00°N, 72.03°E, 287 m, 10.10.2013 (FORVSS 320, St. 08), 45m Mid Water Trawl; SE Arabian Sea, north of Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep, 9.01°N, 73.06°E, 360 m, 07.09.2013 (FORVSS 344I, St. 01), Cosmos Trawl.

Voucher No.: CMLRE IO/SS/FIS/00572, IO/SS/FIS/00573, IO/SS/FIS/00574

Description: Irregular IV photophore row between 8th to 14th IV; interrupted AC row after anal fin ending; inter orbital distance of 6.4–8.3% HL; lateral line scales 37–39; gill raker 21–23.

Biological association: None.

Remarks: First distributional record from Indian waters.

Distribution: Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Depth range: 287–506 m.

Distribution map:

Identified by: Rajeev R.

Publication: Rajeev R., Rajeeshkumar M.P., Cubelio S.S., Saravanane N. (2023) An updated checklist of Stomiiformes from Indian waters with nine new records. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 102: e95.

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