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Species: Kryptophanaron alfredi, Atlantic Flashlight Fish

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black + white fin bases & LL scales
white light organ under eye



Kryptophanaron alfredi Silvester & Fowler, 1926

Atlantic Flashlight Fish

Moderately deep body; head moderate, with sensory canals on top separated by broad ridges and covered by skin; snout short and blunt; eye large, its diameter >snout length; light organ under eye with raiseable shutter; mouth moderately oblique; teeth small and conical; dorsal fin in two parts, 1st; with IV spines, 2nd with II, 14, 2nd is twice as high as 1st anal fin II, 10; tail fin deeply forked; scales small, strongly spiny; scales of lateral line and along bases of dorsal and anal fins enlarged; midline of belly with large keeled scales (scutes).

Body, head and pectoral fins black; light organ under eye white, with black raisable shutter; ventral scutes, enlarged scales of lateral line and at bases of dorsal and anal fins white and reflective.

Reaches 13.8 cm.

Depth range: 20-200 m.

Hides in deep reefs during the day, pelagic at night.

Bahamas and the Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13.8
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 200