Ariomma melanum

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
AriommatidaeAriomma melanum(Ginsburg)1954Brown Driftfish

Ariomma melanum

Unique Characters: Body rounded and elongate, maximum depth 3 or more times in length. Body uniform or dark dorsally and lighter below, without spots. Uniformly dark brown to blackish. Peritoneum dark. Lateral-line scales 50-65, small. Scales on top of head extend to front of eye.

Similar Species:

Spotted Driftfish
Ariomma regulus

Silver-rag
Ariomma bondi

Ariomma bondi
Silver-rag – Ariomma bondi

Spotted Driftfish Ariomma regulus. Body somewhat compressed and deep, maximum depth about 2.5 times in length. Body with spots.

Silver-rag Ariomma bondi. Body rounded and elongate, maximum depth 3 or more times in length. Body uniform or dark dorsally and lighter below, without spots. Pale brown or blue dorsally with a silvery underside. Peritoneum pale. Lateral-line scales 30-45, large. Scales on top of head extend only to front of pupil.

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