The restricted distribution of Borophryne apogon and Stomias colubrinus, both bathypalegic fishes, is notable. Although relatively few specimens have been caught to date, there is good evidence to indicate that their geographical distribution is limited. Knowledge about the epipelagic life of the early stages and about the bathypalegic life of the adolescents and adults of these species has been combined with our recent knowledge of ocean currents in the Pacific (including the Cromwell Current) to provide an explanation of their peculiar distribution.