Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Anomalopidae
Etymology: Photoblepharon: Greek, photos = light + Greek, blepharon = eye lash (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 50 m (Ref. 90102), usually 0 - 15 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 19°N - 24°S
Pacific Ocean: Philippines to the Society Islands, south to New Caledonia. Replaced in the western Indian Ocean by Photoblepharon steinitzi (Ref. 37816).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
Occurs along seaward reefs near or along steep drop-offs with caves (Ref. 9710). In some areas it may approach the surface (Ref. 9710). Usually feeds in large groups away from the reefs at night. Well hidden in caves during the day and rarely seen; often observed at 10-30 m at night (Ref. 48635).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt, 1987. Notes on the biology, taxonomy, and distribution of flashlight fishes (Beryciformes: Anomalopidae). Jap. J. Ichthyol. 34(2):157-164. (Ref. 5004)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.2 - 29.3, mean 28.6 (based on 1756 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7520 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .