North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission

Technical Report 18

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Myctophid Abundances and Ecology

Albina N. Kanzeparova, Vladimir I. Radchenko, and Alexei A. Somov

Abstract Excerpt:
Abundant mesopelagic fishes play an important role in the trophic structure of the ocean pelagic fish community, both as zooplankton consumers and as a prey for predatory species. Since they mainly consume smaller planktonic prey than the most of commercially significant fish species and can be eaten by them, lanternfish (myctophids) provide an energy and matter transport from the small-sized part of planktonic community to the upper trophic layers. Myctophids and other small-sized mesopelagic fish are a common food of salmon, cods, sea perches, squid, and many cetaceans and seals (Kozlov 1995; Ohizumi et al. 2003; Shuntov 2016; Nielsen et al. 2019).

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Kanzeparova, A.N., V.I. Radchenko, and A.A. Somov.  2022.  Myctophid abundances and ecology.  N. Pac. Anadr. Fish Comm. Tech. Rep. 18: 58–63.