Desmodema lorum

Alternate names: whiptail ribbonfish

Author: Rosenblatt and Butler, 1977


General: Dorsal fin extends head to tail, extemely elongate with tiny caudal fin. Unspotted (compare to juvenile D. polysticta), silvery with crimson fins. Young have a fan-like tail that disappears with growth and may have round dark spots.

Size: to 114 cm.

Geographic Information

Published depth range: 0-500 m

Ocean range (global): Eastern Central Pacific: off central California, USA to southern Baja California, Mexico.

Habitat description: Epipelagic to mesopelagic.

Additional Information


Encyclopedia of Life

Tree of Life

World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

MBNMS unpublished checklist September 2017: Museum Specimen: SIO 74-14 (Within “Davidson Seamount Management Zone”; identifier unknown, CalCOFI).

Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald, and H. Hammann (1983). A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. 336 pp.

Citation: Desmodema lorum (Rosenblatt and Butler, 1977 ) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2021-05-06.
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