Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squaliformes
(Sleeper and dogfish sharks) > Etmopteridae
Etymology: Etmopterus: Greek, ethmos, -ou = sieve or ethmoides bone + Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335); dislineatus: From the dark broken lines resembling dots and dashes extending horizontally along its body. More on authors: Last, Burgess & Séret.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range 590 - 800 m (Ref. 45056). Deep-water
Western Pacific: central Coral Sea, off Saumarez and Queensland Plateau, Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 44.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 45056); 40.3 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Body extremely slender. Dorsal and ventral coloration sharply contrasted; fine dark horizontal lines forming series of fine dots and dashes on upper half of body; a dark ventral saddle near middle of caudal peduncle. Head relatively short (usually < 21% TL). Caudal peduncle very elongate (usually > 23% TL). Eyes rather narrow; upper eyelid with pale naked patch. Denticles extremely dense, bristle-like, not arranged in defined rows. Flank-marking base forward of second dorsal-fin spine; its posterior branch longer than anterior branch and extending beyond free rear tip of second dorsal fin; central caudal marking absent. Monospondylous centra 41-45 (Ref. 45056).
Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 205).
Last, P., G.H. Burgess and B. Séret, 2002. Description of six new species of lantern-sharks of the genus Etmopterus (Squaloidea: Etmopteridae) from the Australasian region. Cybium 26(3):203-223. (Ref. 45056)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 5.9 - 8.1, mean 6.8 °C (based on 26 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00178 - 0.00811), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .