Notoscopelus elongatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Notoscopelus elongatus
Species Authority: (Costa, 1844)
Common Name(s):
Spanish Pez Linterna Mediterráneo
Notoscopelus castaneus Goode & Bean, 1896
Notoscopelus margaritiferus Goode & Bean, 1896
Notoscopelus quercinus Goode & Bean, 1896
Scopelus elongatus Costa, 1844
Scopelus kroyeri Malm , 1861
Scopelus pseudocrocodilus Moreau, 1891

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2007-11-16
Assessor(s): Papakonstantinou, C., Massuti, E. & Palmeri, A. and Keskin, Ç.
Reviewer(s): Kara, M. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is widespread and common in at least parts of its range. Therefore this species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. It occurs in the west Mediterranean Sea (Fischer et al. 1987): Adriatic Sea (Bombace and Froglia 1973), Catalonian coasts (Sabates and Maso 1992), Balearic Islands and Algerian basin (Moranta et al. 1998), Aegean Sea (Keskin pers. obs.), Marmara Sea (Bilecenoglu et al. 2002), and Greek seas (Papaconstantinou 1988).
Albania; Algeria; Croatia; France; Gibraltar; Greece; Italy; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Slovenia; Spain; Tunisia; Turkey
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Mediterranean and Black Sea
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Population [top]

Population: This species is fairly common in the west Mediterranean Sea although scarce in east parts. On Catalonian coasts, the frequency of occurrence of this species in the ichthyoplancton is 1% (Sabates and Maso 1992).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is an oceanic and mesopelagic species. It occurs between 375 and 1,000 m during daytime and between 45 and 150 m in night (Fischer et al. 1987).

Spawning occurs from winter to spring. Considered the most important prey of Plesionika gigliolii and Plesionika edwardsii in the western Mediterranean.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is not commercially exploited. There are no known major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No specific conservation measures are in place for this species. However, this species may be found in Marine Protected Areas within its distribution range.

Citation: Papakonstantinou, C., Massuti, E. & Palmeri, A. and Keskin, Ç. 2013. Notoscopelus elongatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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