Great Lanternshark

About the Great Lanternshark

The Great Lanternshark is a relatively small deepwater shark that ranges in the North and Eastern Central Atlantic. In the North Atlantic, Great Lanternsharks can be found in waters over 4000 m deep, but they typically swim between 300 to over 2000 m deep.

There is very little known about this deepwater shark.

Biology and Behaviour:

Great lanterns have a large, stout blackish body. Their gill slits are long (half of their eye length) and a moderately long, broad tail.

Mature females are approximately 65 cm long and they can grow to a maximum length of 75 cm.

Reproduction and Lifespan:

Great lanterns are ovoviviparous.

Conservation and Tourism:

The IUCN lists great laternsharks as data deficient, and there no conservation actions in place for them.

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Scientific NameEtmopterus princeps
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size1
SpeciesEtmopterus princeps
Common Length75 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range300-1213 m
DistributionNorthwest Atlantic, Northeast Atlantic, Western Central Pacific
EnvironmentBathydemersal, Marine