Rare, unknown shark in Taiwan
The Broadsnout lanternshark or Broad-Snout lanternshark (Etmopterus burgessi) is a shark that belongs to the family Etmopteridae in the order Squaliformes. It is found only around Taiwan. There is very little data about this shark as of today.
Family: Etmopteridae – Lantern Sharks
Common Name– Dogfish Sharks
Common Name– Lantern Sharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
Average Size and Length: They are thought to be around 40 cm/ 1.3 feet.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Broadsnout lanternshark has only been seen around Taiwan between 984-1,970 feet.
Diet: More than likely they eat small bony fish and crustaceans, but this is unconfirmed.
Aesthetic Identification: More than likely they have a very dark almost black body. They are stout in shape. More than likely, they have photophore along the ventral side of the body.
Biology and Reproduction: More than likely they are ovoviviparous.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Broadsnout Lanternshark Future and Conservation: There isn’t enough data about this shark or its population. It is more than likely caught as bycatch by bottom trawlers.
Broadsnout Lanetrnshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.