Lestidiops affinis

Common Name


Year Described

Ege, 1930


Dorsal Fin: 8-10
Anal Fin: 27-30
Pectoral Fin: 10-12
Pelvic Fin: 9
Lateral Line: 58-62
Vertebrae: 75-85

Pelvic fin origin well anterior to dorsal fin origin.


Body pale with a dark bronze sheen over the dorsal half of the body and head. A line of chromatophores on both the dorsal and ventral midline.


Maximum size to 103mm SL.


Mesopelagic to bathypelagic from 0-2000m. Juveniles toward the surface.

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Widespread in the north Atlantic from around 40 degrees north to off eastern Brazil (most common in the central gyre). Also scattered records in the Caribbean Sea and southeastern Gulf of Mexico.


McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.

Rofen, R.R. In: Anderson, W.W., R.H. Gibbs, F.H. Berry, W.A. Gosline, J.E. Bohlke, N.B. Marshall, R.L. Bolin, G.W. Mead, J.W. Gehringer, R.R. Rofen, and N.J. Wilimovsky. 1966. Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Part 5. Iniomi and Lyomeri. Memoir No. 1. Sears Foundation for Marine Research; Yale University, New Haven, CT. 647 pp., 220 plates.