Family: Etmopteridae – Lantern Sharks
Common Name– Dogfish Sharks
Common Name– Lantern Sharks
Average Size and Length: Mature males have been recorded at 26 cm/10.2 inches and the maximum known length is at least 12 inches.
Tail: There is a dark ventral blotch on the caudal peduncle. There are distinct black markings on the upper caudal fin which display dark bands through the middle and tip of the upper lobe.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Blackmouth lanternshark can be found in the Pacific Ocean in northwest Australia and in the Arafura Sea in Indonesia. They are found over shoals and reefs on the continental shelves between 1,411-1,805 feet.
Aesthetic Identification: The Blackmouth lanternshark has a slender body. It is light brown above and darker below. There are distinct black markings behind the pelvic fins.
Biology and Reproduction: Unknown, but presumably ovoviviparous.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Blackmouth Lanternshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.