Family Myctophidae Gill 1893 (lanternfish)

Actinopteri - Myctophiformes - Myctophidae

Alternative spelling: Myctophydae

Parent taxon: Myctophiformes according to R. Betancur-R et al. 2013

See also Applegate 1970, Danil'chenko 1960, David 1943, Denton 2013, Fierstine et al. 2012, Girone et al. 2006, Gregorova 2004, Jordan 1963, Lin et al. 2017, Prokofiev 2006, Schwarzhans 2003 and Schwarzhans et al. 2017

Sister taxa: Chlorophthalmoidei, Eokrefftia, Gymnoscopelus, Lampanyctodes, Lampichthys, Myctophinae, Neoscopelidae, Parvilux, Synodontoidei

Subtaxa: Eomyctophinae Lampanyctinae Lobianchia Protomyctophum Scopelopsis Scopelus

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Ecology: nektonic carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Greece (13 collections), Italy (7), United States (1: Louisiana)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of Italy (1)

• Pliocene of Ecuador (1), Greece (5), Italy (1), Jamaica (1), United States (1: North Carolina)

• Miocene of Algeria (2), Greece (13), Italy (21), Japan (2), New Zealand (9), Panama (5), the Russian Federation (1), United States (8: California), Venezuela (1)

• Oligocene of Azerbaijan (1), the Czech Republic (3), France (4), Hungary (5), Italy (2), New Zealand (2), Romania (2), the Russian Federation (2), United States (1: Washington)

• Eocene to Oligocene of the Czech Republic (1)

• Eocene of Antarctica (1), France (6), Georgia (1), Italy (1), Tonga (1)

• Paleogene of the Czech Republic (1)

• Tertiary of United States (1: Mississippi)

• Cretaceous of Italy (1), Japan (1)

Total: 130 collections including 467 occurrences

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