Caribbean Lanternshark

About the Caribbean Lanternshark

The Caribbean Lanternshark is a shark of the family  Etmopteridae, found in the eastern and western Atlantic.

Biology and Description:

There is not enough information regarding this species’ biology. Size at maturity for females is unknown and for males is >20 cm TL. this species reaches a maximum size of >28 cm TL. Reproduction mode is ovoviviparous with a litter size of 4-5 pups. Size at birth is 9 cm TL.


A bathydemersal species found in the upper continental and insular slopes on sandy bottoms. Its distribution ranges from Western Atlantic (Virginia to southern Florida, Cuba, Bermuda, and St. Kitts; including Brazil) and Eastern Atlantic.


This species is not targeted and there are no current threats. There are no current conservation measures in place for this species. More information regarding this species’ biology, ecology, and information on catches are required.


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Scientific Name Etmopterus hillianus
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 5
Common Length 50.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 180 - 717 m
DistributionNorthwest Atlantic, Western Central Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic, Eastern Central Atlantic