Blackbelly Lanternshark, Etmopterus lucifer Jordan & Snyder 1902


Other Names: Blackbelly Lantern Shark, Lucifer Shark, Luminous Shark

Blackbelly Lanternshark, Etmopterus lucifer. Source: Robin McPhee & Kerryn Parkinson / NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A small slender lanternshark with a distinct black streak above and behind the pelvic fins, a bioluminescent belly, and paler fins. The pelvic flank marking is below the second dorsal-fin spine, and the anterior branch is usually longer than the posterior branch; the caudal marking is considerably longer than the precaudal marking.

Ebert et al. (2011) consider this species to be restricted to northwestern Pacific.

Cite this page as:
Etmopterus lucifer in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/3505

Blackbelly Lanternshark, Etmopterus lucifer Jordan & Snyder 1902

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Blackbelly Lanternshark, Etmopterus lucifer Jordan & Snyder 1902

References


Claes JM, Partridge JC, Hart NS, Garza-Gisholt E, Ho H-C, et al. 2014. Photon Hunting in the Twilight Zone: Visual Features of Mesopelagic Bioluminescent Sharks. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104213. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104213

Ebert, D.A., Compagno, L.J.V. & M.J. De Vries. 2011. A New Lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae: Etmopterus) from Southern Africa. Copeia 2011(3): 379-384.

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CAAB Code:37020005

Biology:Bioluminescent

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:160-1350 m

Max Size:40 cm TL

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