Taaningichthys paurolychnus

The Taaningichthys paurolychnus lives in the bathypelagic, non-migratory, marine, depth range 900 - 2000 m environment.

Taaningichthys paurolychnus is the only myctophid species lacking photophores. Interestingly all other members of the genus have these organs. Illustration courtesy of the Sears foundation for Marine Research, Yale University. More

Taaningichthys paurolychnus © Sears Foundation for Marine Research, Yale University Myctophidae © Melanie L.J. More

In all but one species, Taaningichthys paurolychnus, a number of photophores (light-producing organs) are present; Some may also possess specialised photophores on the caudal peduncle, in proximity to the eyes (e.g., the "headlights" of Diaphus species), and luminous patches at the base of the fins. More

In all but one species, Taaningichthys paurolychnus, a number of photophorePhotophore A photophore is a light-emitting organ which appears as luminescence spots on various marine animals, including fish and cephalopods. More

Taaningichthys paurolychnus Davy, 1972 Tabalqueia † Tabangacris Willemse, C., 1966 Tabangacris albolineata Ingrisch, 1998 Tabangacris borneensis Willemse, C. More

Common names

Chihiro-kuro-hadaka in Japanese (日本語)
Linternilla in Spanish (español)
少灯太宁灯鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
少灯太宁灯鱼 in Unknown
少燈太寧燈魚 in Mandarin Chinese
少燈太寧燈魚 in Unknown

Order : Myctophiformes
Family : Myctophidae
Genus : Taaningichthys
Species : Taaningichthys paurolychnus
Authority : Davy, 1972