Blackbelly lanternshark

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Blackbelly lanternshark
Etmopterus lucifer (Blackbelly lanternshark).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Etmopteridae
Genus: Etmopterus
Species: E. lucifer
Binomial name
Etmopterus lucifer
D. S. Jordan & Snyder, 1902
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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. Its length is up to 47 centimeters.

Blackbelly lanternsharks are ovoviviparous.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Etmopterus lucifer" in FishBase. May 2006 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8