Etmopterus carteri Springer & Burgess, 1985
Cylindrical lantern shark
Etmopterus carteri
photo by FAO

Family:  Etmopteridae (Lantern sharks)
Max. size:  21.2 cm TL (male/unsexed); 19 cm TL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; depth range 283 - 356 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Colombia.
Diagnosis:  A very small, black shark with a short and bluntly rounded snout (its length 5.7-7.5% TL in adults); head and body nearly cylindrical anteriorly, tapering unevenly to a slender caudal peduncle; moderately large eyes; dermal denticles, very small needle-like to spine-like, covering whole body except narrowly along lips, gill slit margins, around cloacal opening, and dorsal surface of claspers. Pectoral fins lobate; small pelvic fins.
Biology:  Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 17.11.98
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 26.11.18

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