Slendertail lanternshark

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Slendertail lanternshark
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Etmopteridae
Genus: Etmopterus
E. molleri
Binomial name
Etmopterus molleri
(Whitley, 1939)
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Range of the slendertail lanternshark (in blue)

The slendertail lanternshark or Moller's lanternshark (Etmopterus molleri) is a shark of the family Etmopteridae found in the western Indian Ocean between latitudes 34°N and 46°S at depths between 250 and 860 m.[2] It can grow up to 46 cm in length.[2]

Reproduction is presumed to be ovoviviparous.[2]

In June 2018 the New Zealand Department of Conservation classified the slendertail lanternshark as "Data Deficient" with the qualifier "Uncertain whether Secure Overseas" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[3]


  1. ^ Kyne, P.M., Ebert, D.A. & Schaaf-Da Silva, A. 2015. Etmopterus molleri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T161407A68622705. Downloaded on 15 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Sa-a, Pascualita; Capuli, Estelita Emily (2019). "Etmopterus molleri (Whitley, 1939) Mollers lantern shark". Fishbase. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ 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.