Green Lanternshark

About the Green Lanternshark

Green Lanternsharks are small sharks that are endemic to the Western Central Atlantic in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. They are common at depths of 196 to 915 m.

Biology and Behaviour:

Green Lanternsharks frequent the sea floors. They grow to approximately a maximum of 26 cm. Adult females range between 22 to 25.7 cm and adult males range from 18.3 to 23.6 cm long.  

Reproduction and Lifespan:

There is little known about green Lanternsharks, therefore, their reproduction and lifespan are still unknown.

Conservation and Tourism:

The IUCN lists green Lanternsharks as least concern, and there are currently no conservation actions in place. Although green Lanternsharks are not targeted, they are irregularly taken as bycatch in deepwater demersal fisheries.  

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Scientific NameEtmopterus virens
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
GenusEtmopterus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size1-3
SpeciesEtmopterus virens
Common Length23 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range100 - 1000 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic
EnvironmentBathydemersal, Marine
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