Taaningichthys paurolychnus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Myctophiformes Myctophidae

Scientific Name: Taaningichthys paurolychnus Davy, 1972
Regional Assessments:
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2015. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 3 February 2015. Available at: (Accessed: 5 February 2015).

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.

This species is widespread in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Further research on this species needs to be conducted to assess the life history, population sizes, and trends in the eastern Atlantic, as well as potential threats. This species is listed as Least Concern. 

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in the eastern Atlantic near Madeira and the Cape Verde islands (Hulley 1985) north to off Portugal and the Azores (NHM London specimen records). It is also found in the western Atlantic near Bermuda and Jamaica. It occurs in the western Indian Ocean at 4°S, 60°E. It is also in the western Pacific off Philippines, Japan and Taiwan, and in the eastern Pacific between Hawaii and California, USA (37°-20°N), and also east of 115°W between 0° and 17°S (Hulley 1990).
Countries occurrence:
Bermuda; Cape Verde; China; Colombia; Disputed Territory (Paracel Is., Spratly Is.); Ecuador (Ecuador (mainland), Galápagos); Jamaica; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; Morocco; Peru; Philippines; Portugal (Azores, Madeira, Selvagens); Seychelles; Spain (Canary Is.); Taiwan, Province of China; United States; United States Minor Outlying Islands (Johnston I.); Viet Nam; Western Sahara
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – northeast; Atlantic – western central; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southeast; Pacific – western central; Pacific – eastern central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):2000
Upper depth limit (metres):900
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Population [top]

Population:There are very little data regarding population size and trend for this species in the Atlantic. It does not appear to be common in museum collections.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is oceanic, bathypelagic at depths greater than 900 m (Hulley and Paxton in press). It is unique among myctophids in the fact that it lacks photophores.
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

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.

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. Taaningichthys paurolychnus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T15601905A15603905. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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