Etmopterus baxteri Garrick 1957

Other Names: Black Shark, New Zealand Lanternshark, New Zealand Lantern-shark, Seal Shark, Southern Lantern Shark, Southern Lanternshark, Stout Deepsea Shark

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


A large, robust lanternshark with a short snout and large eyes. Uniformly brown-black, with slender widely spaced flank denticles. Pale where denticles and skin removed.

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Wood, D.R. 2018, Etmopterus baxteri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 10 Jun 2023,

Etmopterus baxteri Garrick 1957

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Found off southern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Also found off New Zealand and southern Africa. Found in temperate waters.


Feeds on teleost fishes and cephalopods.


A viviparous (aplacental) species, with litters of up to 16 young, usually around 9. Males mature at 50-60 cm, females mature at 60-65 cm.


Was once a major bycatch of the Orange Roughy fishery, now fishing has been greatly reduced.


Wood, D.R. 2018

Etmopterus baxteri Garrick 1957


Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37020021

Behaviour:830-1200 m (Australia)


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Max Size:75 cm TL

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