Myctophum phengodes 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Myctophiformes Myctophidae

Scientific Name: Myctophum phengodes (Lütken, 1892)
Scopelus phengodes Lütken, 1892

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2012-07-11
Assessor(s): Hulley, P.
Reviewer(s): Strongin, K., Polidoro, B. & Carpenter, K.E.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Rodrigues, A.
Myctophum phengodes is a widespread species that is not facing any known threats. More research on this species needs to be conducted to assess the population size and trend in the eastern Atlantic. This species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has a circumglobal distribution between 28°S-40°S, with northern extensions to 15°S in the eastern south Atlantic (isolates to 08°S) and to 18°S off Peru (Hulley and Paxton in press). This species has also been described from Ascension Island.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Chile; French Polynesia; French Southern Territories (Amsterdam-St. Paul Is.); Madagascar; Namibia; New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Peru; Pitcairn; Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (Ascension, Saint Helena (main island), Tristan da Cunha); South Africa; Uruguay
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southeast; Atlantic – southwest; Indian Ocean – eastern; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – southeast; Pacific – southwest
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):540
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Population [top]


There are little data regarding the population size and stability of this species in the eastern Atlantic, and records of this species around the Canary Islands (Wienerroither et al. 2009) are likely to be erroneous.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is oceanic, mesopelagic and performs diel migrations from below 540 m during the day, up to the surface to 200 m during the night for feeding purposes.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no known threats for this species, and it is not under pressure from fisheries.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Its distribution overlaps with some marine protected areas in parts of its range (World Database on Protected Areas 2010).

Citation: Hulley, P. 2015. Myctophum phengodes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T15600720A15603850. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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