Lined Lanternshark (Etmopterus dislineatus)

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About the Lined Lanternshark (Etmopterus dislineatus)

The lined Lanternshark is a shark of the family Etmopteridae, found in the central Coral Sea, northeast of Australia.

Biology and Description:

The Lined Lanternshark has an extremely slender body. The head is relatively short. The eyes are narrow, with the upper eyelid pale naked patch. Denticles are extremely dense, bristle-like, and randomly arranged. The caudal peduncle is very elongated. The maximum recorded size in males is 44.8 cm TL, and females 40.3 cm TL. The reproduction mode is ovoviviparous, distinct pairing with embrace.


The Lined Lanternshark is a bathypelagic shark found on or near the bottom of the continental slope at depths of 590-800 m. This species is currently known from a limited distribution in the central Coral Sea, off the Saumarez and Queensland, northeast Australia, western central Pacific.


Currently, there are no major fishing activities in this species’ area of occurrence and the species is not targeted by commercial fisheries. There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species. The species’ entire known range falls inside the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

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Scientific Name Etmopterus dislineatus
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 44.8 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 590 - 800 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific