Lined Lanternshark (Etmopterus bullisi)

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About the Lined Lanternshark (Etmopterus bullisi)

The Etmopterus bullisi, or Lined Lanternshark, is a small, poorly-known shark species found 250 metres all the way to 850 metres deep in the western Atlantic and northwestern Atlantic ocean. They are known to areas like North Carolina and Florida and also to Cuba and the Caribbean. 

The Lined Lanternshark is born at 15 cm long and can grow to 26 cm total length, although the common size is 23 cm. Very little is known of the biology and life history of this species, and adults have not been collected to study.

This species is taken irregularly as bycatch and discarded by deepwater trawl and longline fisheries. No immediate threats are apparent, perhaps given their small size. However, deepwater fisheries may expand in their region which then need to be monitored and managed. They’re currently considered Data Deficient.

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Scientific NameEtmopterus bullisi
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Common Length23 cm
Max Lenght26 cm
Depth Range250-850 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic, Northwest Atlantic