Electrona is a genus of lanternfishes in the family Myctophidae.

Temporal range: 11–0 Ma
Late Miocene to Present[1]
Electrona risso.jpg
Electric Lanternfish (E. risso)
Scientific classification


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There are currently five recognized species in this genus:[2][3]


Electrona lanternfishes are small, discoid fishes.

Distribution and ecologyEdit

While Electrona risso can be found throughout the world, widespread in the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic Oceans, and Mediterranean, the other four species are limited to the southern hemisphere, mostly limited to the Southern Ocean. Their dispersion is dependent on the balance between current-mediated larval dispersal and adult active homing behavior.[4] Besides E. rissoi is E. paucirastra the only species that is found north of the Southern Ocean.E. antarctica mainly inhabits the Antarctic deep and therefore warmer waters.[5] E. carlsbergii inhabits the water south of the Antarctica convergence to the Antarctic coast, and between the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic convergences.[5] Larval forms of many deep-water species are found to inhabit inshore waters.[6] Migration patterns vary between different species, size groups, life history stages, sex, latitude, time and season.[6]


These fish exhibit a daily migration pattern. During the day they concentrate between 400–1000 m.[6] During the night, they migrate close to the surface between 5–100 m. These diel vertical migrations are primarily performed because zooplankton, their main food, is concentrated in the upper layers, while they need to go deep during the day in order to avoid predators.[6]


Electrona have a low fecundity. Females produce eggs the size of 0.7-0.9 mm.[6] Spawning of some species may occur any time during the year. In the Arabian Sea, fish spawn during all seasons but significantly increases during monsoon transition periods (March–June and September–November).[6] The larva exhibit diversity with their shape not similar to the adult and the larvae have a highly stalked eye and trailing intestine.


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  2. ^ "Animal Diversity Web". Electrona, 2012. Web 3 November 2013. <http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Electrona/classification/>
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). Species of Electrona in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  4. ^ Van De Putte, A.P.; Van Houdt, J.K.J.; Maes, G.E.; Hellemans, B.; Collins, M.A.; Volckaert, F.A.M. (2012). "High genetic diversity and connectivity in a common mesopelagic fish of the Southern Ocean: The myctophid Electrona antarctica". Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 59–60: 199–207. Bibcode:2012DSRII..59..199V. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2011.05.011.
  5. ^ a b Giovanni, T.M, Wing-Keong Ng, Douglas Redford Tocher. "Fish Oil Replacement and Alternative Lipid Sources in Aquaculture Feeds">"Alternative Marine Resources". Fish Oil Replacement and Alternative Lipid Sources in Aquaculture Feeds, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Nambiar, A.R. (2006). "Marine Ecosystem" (PDF). Marine Ecosystem-A Quarterly Newsletter. 5.