Etmopterus molleri (Whitley, 1939)
Mollers lantern shark
Etmopterus molleri
photo by FAO

Family:  Etmopteridae (Lantern sharks)
Max. size:  46 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 250 - 860 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: eastern Australasia to New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Light brown above, black below, with a pale stripe on side and a black streak above and behind pelvic fins; belly luminous (Ref. 26346). Small and slender, with a moderately elongate caudal peduncle and with flank denticles mostly arranged in regular rows. The base of the pelvic flank markings is inserted in advance of the origin of the second dorsal-fin spine, the anterior branch is shorter than the posterior branch, and the caudal marking is longer than the precaudal marking (Ref. 6871).
Biology:  Probably demersal (Ref. 31367) on upper continental slopes (Ref. 6871). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205), size at birth about 15 cm (Ref. 6871).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 15 May 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 25.06.96
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 26.11.18

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