Key fish species in the MEESO project

Deep-sea pearlside and lanternfish are the two key fish species to be studied in the MEESO project.

The MEESO project emphasises the abundance and ecological importance of two key fish species, Maurolicus muelleri (deep-sea pearlside) and Benthosema glaciale (lanternfish). 

In many places species of krill, pelagic shrimps, squids and jellyfishes, as well as other fish species, dominate mesopelagic diversity and biomass, and assessing their abundance, distribution and ecological role will also be an important part of MEESO.

Maurolicus muelleri (deep-sea pearlside or silvery lightfish)

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Mueller's pearlside (Maurolicus muelleri). Photographer: Svanhildur Egilsdóttir, MFRI.

Benthosema glaciale (lantern fish)
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Glacier lantern fish (Benthosema glaciale). Photographer: Svanhildur Egilsdóttir, MFRI.
13 AUGUST 2022