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Temporal range: 48–0 Ma[1]
Middle Eocene to Present
Etmopterus schultzi3.jpg
Etmopterus schultzi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Etmopteridae
Genus: Etmopterus
Rafinesque, 1810
Type species
Etmopterus aculeatus
Rafinesque, 1810

36 recognized species

Etmopterus, commonly known as lantern sharks, is a diverse genus of dogfish sharks in the family Etmopteridae. This genus has 36 described species.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adnet, S. and H. Cappetta (2001). "A palaeontological and phylogenetical analysis of squaliform sharks (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes) based on dental characters". Lethaia 34 (3): 234–248. doi:10.1080/002411601316981188. 
  2. ^ a b Garrick JAF (1957) Studies on New Zealand elasmobranchii. Part VI. Two new species of Etmopterus from New Zealand. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 116: 71–190
  3. ^ Shirai S, Tachikawa H (1993) Taxonomic resolution of the Etmopterus pusillus species group (Elasmobranchii, Etmopteridae), with description of E. bigelowi, n. sp. Copeia 2:483–495
  4. ^ Silva & Ebert (2006). "Etmopterus burgessi sp. nov., a new species of lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from Taiwan". Zootaxa 1373: 53–64. 
  5. ^ Straube, N. & Leslie, R.W. & Clerkin, P.J. & Ebert, D.A. & Rochel, E. & Corrigan, S. & Li, C. & Naylor, G.J.P. (2014):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: Topical Studies in Oceanography, in press
  6. ^ 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, 17 (2): 61-72.
  7. ^ Jordan DS, Snyder JO (1903) Descriptions of two new species of squaloid sharks from Japan. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25:79–81
  8. ^ a b c Bigelow HB, Schroeder WC, Springer S (1953) New and little known Sharks from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexcico. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 109:237–263
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.