Diaphus rafinesqui, zoological model

Diaphus rafinesquii

Diaphus rafinesquii (30 cm.) 

Thanks to Peter Rask Møller and Jørgen G. Nielsen, SNM

The white-spotted lantern fish is a deepsea species occuring in the range of 40 - 2173 m in the Northen Atlantic. It is small, and grows to a maximum length of 9 cm. The species have been found to divide in age down through the water collumn, also called diurnal vertical migration patterns: During daytime they are found between 325-750 m, but at night, a two layer system occurs, with adults found at 300-600 m and juveniles at 40-200 m.