Tailspot Lanternshark

About the Tailspot Lanternshark

The tailspot lanternshark is a species of deepwater shark found off the coast of New Caledonia, at depths of 630 to 800 m.

Like all lanternsharks, they’re small deep water sharks known for the light-producing photophores on their bodies. The photophores are concentrated mostly on their belly and it works as counter illumination, making the shark seem brighter to match their backgrounds. This makes it easier for the lanternshark to stalk prey. They feed on small fish and invertebrates.

They’re ovoviviparous and reach a maximum length of 31 cm.

There is is very little deep water fishing in their range, and thus they’re considered Least Concern.

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Scientific Name Etmopterus caudistigmus
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
GenusEtmopterus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 31.4 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 630 - 800 m
DistributionSouthwest Pacific
EnvironmentBathypelagic
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