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Species: Etmopterus carteri, Cylindrical Lantern Shark

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head conical
snout conical, very short
uniform black
denticles pointed, not in rows

Etmopterus carteri Springer & Burgess, 1985

Cylindrical Lantern Shark

Body slender, fusiform, tapering to a slender tail base; head and snout ~cylindrical, at level of eyes head as deep as wide; snout very short (5.7-7.5% TL) , bluntly rounded; no nictitating eyelids; spiracle large, behind eye; mouth short, at acute angle; upper teeth with a large central point plus 1-2 (female) to 3-4 (male) smaller points on each side, 30 rows, lower teeth compressed and blade-like, with small, oblique tips, 27-31 rows; five gill slits, all before pectoral base, very short; two dorsal fins, 2nd ~2x area of first, both with long slender grooved spines, 1st ½ height of fin, 2nd as high as fin; first dorsal with origin over inner pectoral margin; nearer pectoral fin axil than origin of pelvics; pectoral fin lobate, rear edge reaches 1st dorsal spine; no anal fin; no ridges between pectoral and pelvic fins, no precaudal pits, no keel on tail base; tail fin strongly asymmetrical, notch at top, narrow, not elevated; fins small, with rear fringes; denticles with a single, needle like cusp, cusps shorter at front of body, densely and randomly arranged over head and body.

Body uniform blackish above and below; no obvious black areas of photophores; a line of shiny black under last vertebrae.

Size: 21 cm.

Habitat: Upper continental slopes

Depth: 283-496 m.

SW Caribbean; Honduras to Colombia.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 21
Depth Range Min
  • 283
Depth Range Max
  • 496