Etmopterus compagnoi

Fricke & Koch, 1990

Brown lantern shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Etmopteridae

Reference of the original description
Fricke, R. & Koch, I. (1990)
A new species of the lantern shark genus Etmopterus from Southern Africa (Elasmobranchii: Squalidae). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, Serie A, 450, 1–9

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Etmopterus compagnoi
Holotype: SMNS: 8999; Paratype: SMNS: 9000;

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Citation: Etmopterus compagnoi Fricke & Koch, 1990: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Etmopterus compagnoi Fricke & Koch, 1990, off South Africa; © Rob Leslie
Common names
eng Brown lantern shark

Short Description
Dark brown in color with no conspicuous flank margins (Ref. 6577).

Southeast Atlantic: off southwestern Cape Province and northern Natal in South Africa (Ref. 6577, 11228). Etmopterus compagnoi was formerly confused with Etmopterus gracilispinis Krefft 1968 which also occurs off the eastern Cape and northern Natal.

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
78.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20053])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 479 - 923 m [17736]

Diagnosis: Upper jaw teeth with less than 3 lateral pairs of cusplets [3886];

shark-references Species-ID=2166;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Neoalbionella etmopteri (Yamaguti, 1939) [28980]