Etmopterus virens Bigelow, Schroeder & Springer, 1953
Green lanternshark
Etmopterus virens
photo by JAMARC

Family:  Etmopteridae (Lantern sharks)
Max. size:  23 cm TL (male/unsexed); 23 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 100 - 1000 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Texas to Florida (USA), northern Gulf of Mexico, and Nicaragua. Reported off Suriname (Ref. 13608).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found on upper continental slopes. Probably forms schools. May also feed communally on large squid that may be too large for a single individual. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 06.07.07
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.11.97

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