Eastern Atlantic: Iceland and Norway to Senegal, including the western Mediterranean; also from Democratic Republic of the Congo to Namibia. Western Atlantic: Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and the Straits of Magellan. Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 9068). Western Pacific.
Oceanic, found to depths of at least 1,524 m. Migrate in the water column at depths of 150-250 m during the day and to about 50 m at night.
Mesopelagic. A cyclic selective feeder of copepods and euphausiids.
They become sexually mature when 1 year old. Spawning takes place in March - September, producing 200-500 eggs, floating on the surface.
Lipid content is 5.5 % in fresh body weight and wax ester is 15.3 % in total lipids.
Argentina pennanti Walbaum, 1792
Maurolicus mülleri (Gmelin, 1789) (misspelling)
Maurolicus pennanti (Walbaum, 1792) (synonym)
Mauroluccius mulleri (Gmelin, 1789) (misspelling)
Salmo muelleri Gmelin, 1789
Scopelus borealis Nilsson, 1832
Scopelus humboldtii Yarrel, 1836
Scopelus maurolici Valenciennes, 1850