Blurred Lanternshark

About the Blurred Lanternshark

The Blurred (smooth) Lanternshark is a widespread species found on the continental shelves and slopes, island slopes, and submarine ridges and seamounts, at depths of 163 to 1,000 metres in the Atlantic, Indian and Western Pacific Oceans.

Information on biology and population is largely unknown, but this species is known to grow to at least 67 cm long with females maturing at 50-65 cm and males at 40-65 cm. Their diet consists of small sharks, squids and myctophids.

The Blurred Lanternshark is listed as Least Concern as it is not a targeted species, but is probably a discarded bycatch in some deepwater demersal and pelagic fisheries, particularly trawls. More information is required to further assess this species and any conservation actions.

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Scientific NameEtmopterus bigelowi
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Common Length67 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range163 - 1000 m
DistributionAtlantic, Western Indian Ocean, Eastern Indian Ocean, Eastern Central Pacific, Western Central Pacific