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); marshae: Named for Marsha Englebrecht for her innovative contributions to the field of elasmobranch husbandry..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range 322 - 337 m (Ref. 119149). Deep-water
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: the Philippines.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 119149); 19.2 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is a relatively small, slender, linear-denticled Etmopterus which can be distinguished from its closest congeners within the E. lucifer clade by the following set of characters: length of its luminescent lateral flank marking branches being relatively equal in length (anterior and posterior flank branches about equal in length); differs from the other species with relatively equal branch lengths (E. burgessi, E. evansi, E. pycnolepis) by having a whitish cheek blotch, purplish lateral body colouration sharply becoming black below line between pectoral and pelvic fins, its distinct pattern of paired dashes along the upper body and between pectoral and pelvic fins and the dark and light banding pattern on its caudal fin, and the central and upper caudal marking lengths distinctly different from the other 3 closely related species (Ref. 119149).
Occurs on sandy bottom. A 21.3 cm TL male was found to be maturing; birth size uncertain with 3 smallest individuals (9.7-11.6 cm TL) and the smallest with scar slightly open suggesting closeness to birth size (Ref. 119149).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ebert, D.A. and K.E. Van Heels, 2018. Etmopterus marshae sp. nov, a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the Philippine Islands, with a revised key to the Etmopterus lucifer clade. Zootaxa 4508(2):197-210. (Ref. 119149)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00363 (0.00181 - 0.00728), b=3.10 (2.93 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary low fecundity).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100).