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Species Sigmops bathyphilus (Vaillant, 1884)

Deepsea Fangjaw, Deepsea Lightfish, Spark Anglemouth


Miscellaneous Literature Names




New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Off Newcastle, NSW (32º54´S) to off Perth, WA (33ºS), Lord Howe Rise and Norfolk Ridge; temperate, circumglobal.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Lord Howe Province (14), Norfolk Island Province (21), Southwest Transition (7), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Bathypelagic, mesopelagic.

Extra Ecological Information



General References

Harold, A.S. 1999. Families Gonostomatidae, Sternoptychidae, Phosichthyidae, Astronesthidae, Stomiidae, Chauliodontidae, Melanostomiidae, Idiacanthidae, Malacosteidae. pp. 1896-1917 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068. [1899] (as Gonostoma bathyphilum)

Harold, A.S. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Various family accounts. pp. 225 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [227] (as Gonostoma bathyphilum)

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Checklist of the fishes of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 63: 9-50 [19] (as Gonostoma bathyphilum)

Kenaley, C.P. & Stewart, A.L. 2015. Families Diplophidae, Gonostomatidae, Phosichthyidae. pp. 420-445 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576. [433]

Miya, M. & Nishida, M. 2000. Molecular systematics of the deep-sea fish genus Gonostoma (Stomiiformes: Gonostomatidae): two paraphyletic clades and resurrection of Sigmops. Copeia 2000(2): 378-389 [385]

Paxton, J.R. 1994. Families Gonostomatidae, Photichthyidae, Sternoptychidae. pp. 246-251 figs 221-224 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [247] (as Gonostoma bathyphilum)

Paxton, J.R., Gates, J.E., Bray, D.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Gonostomatidae. pp. 418-422 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [422]

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp. [185] (as Gonostoma bathyphilum)

Spanovskaya, V.D. & Grigorash, V.A. 1979. Gonostomatids (Fam. Gonostomatidae) of the Australian-New Zealand region. Trudy Instituta Okeanologii. Akademiya Nauk SSSR. Moskva 106: 57-68 figs 1-2 [in Russian] [60] (as Gonostoma bathyphilum)

Vaillant, L.L. 1888. Expéditions Scientifiques du Travailleur et du Talisman pendant les années 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883. Paris : G. Masson 406 pp. 28 pls. (as Neostoma bathyphilum)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
30-Jun-2012 STOMIIFORMES 30-Jun-2012 MOVED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
30-Jun-2012 30-Jun-2012 MOVED
11-Sep-2020 11-Jan-2012 MODIFIED
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED