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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