Etmopterus evansi Last, Burgess & Séret, 2002
Blackmouth lanternshark

Family:  Etmopteridae (Lantern sharks)
Max. size:  32 cm TL (male/unsexed); 29.7 cm TL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 430 - 689 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: off northern Western Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 76-82. Body slender. Dorsal and ventral coloration strongly contrasted; dots and dashes absent on upper half; dark ventral saddle on posterior third of caudal peduncle; prominent dark bands at the tip and through mid caudal fin. Eyes rather narrow; upper eyelid with pale naked patch. Caudal peduncle elongate (18.9-21.8% TL). Denticles extremely dense, very thin, delicate, arranged in poorly defined longitudinal rows. Flank marking base under or slightly forward of second dorsal spine; its posterior branch barely reaching free rear tip of second dorsal fin; central caudal marking absent; finger of caudal base marking very long, more than 7% TL. Monospondylous centra 37-38 (Ref. 45056).
Biology:  Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 April 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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