Scientific Name
Astronesthes splendidus  
Astronesthes splendidus絲球星衫魚
by: Yun-Chih Liao
Author Brauer, 1902 Depth 1 - 800M
Chinese 絲球星衫魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 巨口魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F182 Stomiidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 絲球星衫魚 
Max Length 12 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 巨口魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、Tung Sa IS. 
Habitats Deep Sea、Coastal  Holotype Locality Stat. 217, südlich von Ceylon [south of Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean, 4°56'N, 78°15'13 
Synonyms Astronesthes splendida   
Reference   Brauer, A. 1902 Parin, N. V. etc. 2000 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0063356. ASIZP0063413. ASIZP0063414. ASIZP0064021. ASIZP0064172.  
Common Name Splendid snaggletooth 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Pectoral rays 8; pelvic rays 7; dorsal rays 13-14; anal rays 16-18. Photophores: IP 10, PV 16-17, VAV 19-21, AC 11-12, IC 56-59, OA 36-37. Luminous patch on operculum is absent. AC photophores on caudal peduncle is forming distinct upward curve. Photophores series of IP and anterior of PV are forming strait line rather than outward in V shape. Barbel is black with white terminal bulb bearing several filaments (almost 8). Maxillary teeth are 15. Body uniformly black. Chin barbel black with white terminal bulb. Anterior part of dorsal fin about 1-4 rays and anal fin about 1-3 rays is dark, respectively. Pectoral fin about 3-6 rays and pelvic fin 2-7 rays with several small photophores with peripheral black pigments, and beside all anal rays with white luminous-like tissue. Photophores series are reddish when in fresh.
Distribution Indo-Pacific, tropical waters of the North Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Depth range is about nearly surface to about 3500 m.