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.
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.
ReferencesEncyclopedia 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MBNMS unpublished checklist September 2017: Museum Specimen: SIO 74-14 (Within “Davidson Seamount Management Zone”; identifier unknown, CalCOFI).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/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Desmodema%20lorum. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2020-08-09.