Blackbelly Lanternshark

About the Blackbelly Lanternshark

Blackbelly lanternsharks are deepwater sharks that can be found worldwide in tropical to temperate waters at depths of 150 to 1,250 m.

Biology and Behaviour

Blackbelly lanternsharks are small and slender with a black streak above and behind their pelvic fins. They are dark grey to brown on top with a black underside and a luminous belly — possibly to attract prey —and lighter coloured fins.

They mainly feed on squid, small bony fishes and shrimps. 

Reproduction and Lifespan

Blackbelly lanternsharks are ovoviviparous. Pups are about 15 cm long at birth and females mature at 34 cm while males mature at a shorter length of 29 cm. They can grow up to 47 cm in length.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists blackbelly lanternsharks as least concern, and there are currently no conservation actions or recommendations in place.

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Scientific Name Etmopterus lucifer
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
GenusEtmopterus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter SizeUnknown
SpeciesEtmopterus lucifer
Common Length47.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range150 - 1250 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Northwest Pacific, Southwest Pacific, Western Central Pacific
EnvironmentBenthopelagic
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