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Temporal range: 48–0 Ma[1]
Middle Eocene to Present
Etmopterus spinax Sardinia.jpg
Etmopterus spinax
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Etmopterus virens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Etmopteridae
Genus: Etmopterus
Rafinesque, 1810
Type species
Etmopterus aculeatus
Rafinesque, 1810

Etmopterus is a genus of dogfish sharks in the family Etmopteridae, commonly known as lanternsharks.


There are currently 38 recognized species in this genus:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adnet, S. & Cappetta, H. (2001). "A palaeontological and phylogenetical analysis of squaliform sharks (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes) based on dental characters". Lethaia,. 34 (3): 234–248. 
  2. ^ Vásquez, V.E., Ebert, D.A. & Long, D.J. (2015). "Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the central eastern Pacific Ocean" (PDF). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation,. 17: 43–55. 
  3. ^ Schaaf-Da Silva, J.A. & Ebert, D.A. (2006). "Etmopterus burgessi sp. nov., a new species of lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from Taiwan". Zootaxa,. 1373: 53–64. 
  4. ^ Straube, N., Leslie, R.W., Clerkin, P.J., Ebert, D.A., Rochel, E., Corrigan, S., Li, C. & Naylor, G.J.P. (2015): On the occurrence of the Southern Lanternshark, Etmopterus granulosus, off South Africa, with comments on the validity of E. compagnoi. Deep-Sea Research Part II, 115: 11-17.
  5. ^ Knuckey, J.D.S., Ebert, D.A. & Burgess, G.H. (2011): Etmopterus joungi n. sp., a new species of lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from Taiwan. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 17 (2): 61-72.
  6. ^ Ebert, D.A., Compagno, L.J.V. & De Vries, M.J. (2011): A New Lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae: Etmopterus) from Southern Africa. Copeia, 2011 (3): 379-384.
  7. ^ Straube, N., White, W.T., Ho, H.C., Rochel, E., Corrigan, S., Li, C. & Naylor, G.J.P. (2013): A DNA sequence-based identification checklist for Taiwanese chondrichthyans. Zootaxa, 3752 (1): 256-278.
  8. ^ Straube, N., Duhamel, G., Gasco, N., Kriwet, J. & Schliewen, U. (2011): Description of a new deep-sea lantern shark, Etmopterus viator n. sp. (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the southern hemisphere. In: Duhamel, G. & Welsford, D. (Eds)., (2011): The Kerguelen Plateau, Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries. Société Française d´Ichtyologie: 137-150.