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Author: (Costa, 1844)

Notoscopelus (Notoscopelus) elongatus (Costa, 1844)

Diagnosis: dorsal finrays 22 (21-23); anal finrays 18-19; pectoral finrays 12-13. Gillrakers 7 (8) + 1 + 16 (15-17), total 24 (23-25). AO 9-10 + 6-7, total 15-17. Males with supra-caudal gland only, consisting of about 9 scale-like luminous segments. Size: to 106 mm.

Habitat: high-oceanic, mesopelagic: day at 375-1,000 m (maximum abundance at 500-1,000 m); night at 45-150 m (maximum abundance at 45-100 m). Reproduction: caudal glands in males develop at about 52 mm; size at sexual maturity unknown. Spawns in winter-spring.

Distribution: endemic Mediterranean: most abundant in western basin and in Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Fage, 1910: 15, fig. 13 | Sanzo, 1918: 41-44, part. | Tortonese, 1956: 957-959, fig. 821, pl. LI (fig. 17), part.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Notoscopelus elongatus