Blackbelly lanternshark

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Blackbelly lanternshark
Etmopterus lucifer (Blackbelly lanternshark).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Etmopteridae
Genus: Etmopterus
E. lucifer
Binomial name
Etmopterus lucifer
Etmopterus lucifer distmap.png
Range of the blackbelly lanternshark (in blue)

The blackbelly lanternshark or lucifer shark, Etmopterus lucifer, is a shark of the family Etmopteridae, found around the world in tropical to temperate seas, at depths between 150 to 1,250 meters.[2] Its length is up to 47 centimeters.[2] This species consumes mesopelagic cephalopods, fishes, and crustaceans.[3]

Blackbelly lanternsharks are ovoviviparous.[2]

In June 2018 the New Zealand Department of Conservation classified the blackbelly lanternshark as "Not Threatened" with the qualifiers "Data Poor" and "Secure Overseas" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[4]


  1. ^ Ebert, D.A. & Schaaf-DaSilva, J.A. 2009. Etmopterus lucifer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T161517A5441335. Downloaded on 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Carpenter, Kent E.; Capuli, Estelita Emily (2019). "Etmopterus lucifer Jordan & Snyder, 1902 Blackbelly lanternshark". Fishbase. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ Roberts, Clive; Stewart, A. L.; Struthers, Carl D.; Barker, Jeremy; Kortet, Salme; Freeborn, Michelle (2015). The fishes of New Zealand. 2. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press. p. 143. ISBN 9780994104168. OCLC 908128805.
  4. ^ Duffy, Clinton A. J.; Francis, Malcolm; Dunn, M. R.; Finucci, Brit; Ford, Richard; Hitchmough, Rod; Rolfe, Jeremy (2018). Conservation status of New Zealand chondrichthyans (chimaeras, sharks and rays), 2016 (PDF). Wellington, New Zealand: Department of Conservation. p. 10. ISBN 9781988514628. OCLC 1042901090.