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n. pl. lanternfish or lan·tern·fish·es
Any of numerous small deep-sea fishes of the family Myctophidae that have bioluminescent light organs on the head and sides and that often swim to the surface at night.


(ˈlæn tərnˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any small, deep-sea fish of the family Myctophidae, having rows of luminous organs along each side.
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Noun1.lanternfish - small fish having rows of luminous organs along each sidelanternfish - small fish having rows of luminous organs along each side; some surface at night
malacopterygian, soft-finned fish - any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
family Myctophidae, Myctophidae - deep-sea fishes comprising the lantern fishes
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The final habitat variable used in this analysis was an index of prey availability for the species (shortspine thornyhead, rougheye and blackspotted rockfish, and shortraker rockfish) that consumed large or benthic prey (such as shrimp, squid, or myctophid fish).
Day light surface occurrence of myctophid fishes off the coast of central America.
The primary prey of this dolphin was the Madeira lanternfish, a myctophid living between 330 and 600 m during the day in slope water and on the continental slope (Backus et al.
Decadal change in abundance of surface migratory myctophid fishes in the Kuroshio region from 1957 to 1994.
Shcherbachev (1973) concluded from the presence of partially digested flyingfishes, myctophid fishes, and squids in the stomachs of C.
Diel vertical migration of myctophid fishes (family Myctophidae) in the transitional waters of the western North Pacific.
The summer peak in abundance for the myctophid Myctophum affine was outstandingly high (Fig.
The diet of the jumbo squid is composed mainly by myctophids and small pelagic fish like anchovies and sardines (Markaida 2006), which may explain the correlation between the trend in catch of jumbo squid and small pelagic fish from the 1990s, when the fishery of this cephalopod was established in an important way in the Gulf of California (Morales-Bojorquez et al.
They also noted that deepwater forms (melamphaids (bigscale fishes), morids (morid cods) myctophids (lanternfishes), macrourids (rattails), etc.