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Leuroglossus schmidti Rass, 1955
Northern Smoothtongue
Family: Bathylagidae
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Source: Distribution of Leuroglossus schmidti as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10 - 11; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 11 - 14; Vertebrae: 47 - 52. Body slender and compressed. Anal fin base short, and almost equal to dorsal fin base. snout pointed. Eye diameter shorter than snout length. Upper jaw shorter than lower jaw. Teeth present on lower jaw, prevomer, palatine, but not on upper jaw. Branchiostegals, 2. Color silvery, dusky on dorsal surface and fins (Ref. 6885).

Source: FishBase. Allen, M.J. and G.B Smith. 1988 . (Ref. 6793)


Species Biology

Adults are generally found at depths greater than 150 m during the day. Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 35604), which are distributed in the sub-arctic gyre south to about 47°N (Ref. 6848). Environment: bathypelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 1800 m (Ref. 6793). Climate: deep-water; 61°N -

Source: FishBase. Allen, M.J. and G.B Smith. 1988 . (Ref. 6793)



North Pacific: southeastern Hokkaido, Japan to Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea and southern British Columbia, Canada. Possibly in Kamchatka (Ref. 6885). Regarded as a subspecies of Leuroglossus stilbius, Gilbert 1890 but Peden (1981) presented evidence for separating the two and Dunn (1983) placed them in the genus Leuroglossus.

Source: FishBase. Allen, M.J. and G.B Smith. 1988 . (Ref. 6793)

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-04-22 8:49:39 AM]
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