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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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Fatty acid evidence for the importance of myctophid fishes in the diet of king penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus.
Abstract--We examined the stomach contents of 3 vertically migrating myctophid fish species from the eastern tropical Pacific (ETP) Ocean and used a classification tree to examine the influence of spatial, biological, and oceanographic predictor variables on diet.
From 1993 the 1994 the recorded prey species composition was similar to that described above, though it also included myctophid fishes, Engraulis ringens Delfin, 1901, amphipods and euphausiids (Chong et al.
The myctophid lantern fish won't win any beauty contests - but you would have to go 1.
Because King Penguins consume mainly small myctophid fish (Kooyman et al.
Shrinkage in the body length of myctophid fish (Diaphus slender-type spp.
oculeus during both study period, while the presence of a marked thermocline has a significant effect on the vertical position of the larval myctophid fishes.
Day light surface occurrence of myctophid fishes off the coast of central America.
Ceratoscopelus maderensis: peculiar sound-scattering layer identified with this myctophid fish.
Images of the ventral bioluminescence of two counterilluminating species were used: (1) the enoploteuthid squid Abralia veranyi (Ruppell, 1844) (eye-flash squid), and (2) the myctophid fish Ceratoscopelus maderensis (Gunther, 1864) (horned lanternfish) (Fig.
A total of 62 pelagic midwater trawls were towed at depths from 19 to 910 m, among which 50 had myctophid catches (n = 28,645).