SizeUp to 4.7 inches (12 cm)
DietDiet consists of zooplankton and small fish
RangeOccurs in the Pacific from the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea through Indonesia and the Philippines, throughout the South Pacific to New Caledonia
HabitatFound around coral reefs
- A rather short-bodied, charcoal gray fish with a black face and chin. White patches mark the base of the pectoral fins. A curving lateral line of raised dots run from behind the operculum to the caudal fin.
- Half-moon shaped spots beneath the eyes are actually small organs that house light-producing bacteria. To eliminate the effect, the flashlight fish can “blink” dark membranes up to cover the light.
- Up to 4.7 inches (12 cm) in length.
Flashlight fish are most recognizable for their half-moon shaped spots beneath the eyes that are actually small organs that house light-producing bacteria.
- Diet consists of zooplankton and small fish.
- Occurs in the Pacific from the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea through Indonesia and the Philippines, throughout the South Pacific to New Caledonia.
- Found around coral reefs, generally shallow, to about 50 feet (15 m). Has been found at depths of as much as 164 feet (50 m).
- Oviparous, or egg-laying species. Adults spawn at night, with females producing as many as 1,000 eggs.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Nocturnal; hides deep in caves during the day.
- This fish has the largest photophore, or light-producing organ, of any bioluminescent species. It also produces the brightest glow: can be seen from over 100 feet (30.5 m) away.
- Also known as the lanterneye fish.