Etmopterus perryi Springer & Burgess, 1985
Dwarf lantern shark
photo by FAO

Family:  Etmopteridae (Lantern sharks)
Max. size:  17 cm TL (male/unsexed); 20 cm TL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 230 - 530 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Colombia and Venezuela.
Diagnosis:  Body strongly marked with light and dark areas, streaks and spots; very small (probably the smallest shark) with a somewhat flattened head and snout (its depth 2/3 or less than its width); moderately large eyes; slender, needle-shaped denticles in random, dense array; fins moderately large.
Biology:  Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 July 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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