Ichthyological Research

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 251–263 | Cite as

A revision of Atlantic species of Photostomias (Teleostei: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae), with a description of a new species

  • Christopher P. KenaleyEmail author
  • Karsten E. Hartel


While one or possibly two species of the genus Photostomias have been recognized, an unpublished revision of the Malacosteinae suggested that there may be as many as six species worldwide. Our review of museum material revealed three taxa in the Atlantic alone: Photostomias atrox Alcock, 1890; Photostomias guernei Collett, 1889; and a new species described herein. Because of a paucity of Indo-Pacific material and a need to better document Atlantic biodiversity, we treat only the Atlantic species at this time. A key to the identification of Atlantic Photostomias is given.

Key words

Mesopelagic Blackfish Loosejaw Biodiversity Neotype 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Museum of Comparative ZoologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of Ocean and Fishery SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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