Broadbanded Lanternshark

About the Broadbanded Lanternshark

The Broadbanded Lanternshark is a shark of the family Etmopteridae, found in the western and southeast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Biology and Description:

The Broadbanded Lanternshark is a stout lanternshark with a short tail and small conical denticles, with no conspicuous lines along the body. Brown above and black ventrally with inconspicuous, elongated, broad black marks along the caudal fin and at its base. Males reach a maximum size of 35.0 cm TL and females of 33.0 cm TL. This species is presumed to be ovoviviparous, pups are born at 13 cm TL. Feeds on bony fish, octopus, squid and deepwater shrimp.  


The Broadbanded Lanternshark is a benthic or epibenthic species that occurs on the outer continental shelf and upper to middle sloped at depths of 100 to 1,000 m, but it has also been recorded at depths of 70 to 480 m over waters off Argentina and off South Africa, indicating that it is also an epipelagic and mesopelagic species.


Some mortality from pelagic and deepwater fisheries is likely to occur across the species range. There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species. Any future expansion of deepwater fisheries in the are should be closely monitored.

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Scientific Name Etmopterus gracilispinis
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 35.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 70 - 1000 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic, Southeast Atlantic