LINED LANTERNSHARK ETMOPTERUS DISLINEATUS
Silvery shark with darker patterns on the flanks and bristle-like dermal denticles
The Lined lanternshark Etmopterus dislineatus is a shark belonging to the family Etmopteridae. There are two species of Lined lanternshark. It is found in the Pacific Ocean in northeastern Australia. It is a striking silvery shark with arranged lines of darker dots and dashes. This shark is beautiful to see.
Family: Etmopteridae – Lantern Sharks
Common Name– Dogfish Sharks
Common Name– Lantern Sharks
Status: IUCN Red List LEAST CONCERN
Average Size and Length: Mature males are around 1.1 feet. The maximum recorded length is at least 1.5 feet.
Denticles: The dermal denticles are hooked and bristle-like and not arranged in regular rows.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Lined lanternshark is found in the Pacific Ocean in northeastern Australia. They are found on the upper continental slope on or near the bottom between 1,936-2,297 feet.
Aesthetic Identification: The Lined lanternshark has an elongated body. This is an aesthetically pleasing shark. It is light silvery brown above and darker below. There is a pattern dark broken lines of dots and dashes along the upper flanks. There are distinct black markings near the pelvic fin and on the caudle peduncle, on the mid caudal fin and the upper fin tip. The first dorsal fin is very low and small and about half the size of the second dorsal fin.
Biology and Reproduction: Poorly known but presumably ovoviviparous.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Poorly known.
Lined Lanternshark Future and Conservation: They are of least concern at this moment because etheir small range is unfished.
Lined Lanternshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.