Etmopterus dianthus

Last, Burgess & Séret, 2002

Pink lanternshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Etmopteridae

Reference of the original description
Last, P.R. & Burgess, G.H. & Séret, B. (2002)
Description of six new species of lantern-sharks of the genus Etmopterus (Squaloidea: Etmopteridae) from the Australasian region. Cybium, 26(3), 202–223

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Citation: Etmopterus dianthus Last, Burgess & Séret, 2002: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Etmopterus dianthus Last, Burgess & Séret, 2002 (MNHN 2005-2683, BPS-0448) © Samuel P. Iglésias, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Département Milieux et Peuplements Aquatiques Chondrichthyans from the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean
Common names
eng Pink lanternshark

Short Description
Body soft fusiform, stout, subcylindrical. Dorsal and ventral coloration moderately contrasted; upper surface pinkish before preservation. Head relatively short (usually < 21% TL). Mouth broad, subequal to eye length. Eyes narrow; upper eyelid without pale naked patch. First dorsal fin well behind rear tip of pectoral fin. Caudal peduncle short (ca 1.6-2 times greatest horizontal length of D1 including spine,

Western Pacific: Australia and New Caledonia. Source:

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
40.9 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 45056)); 40.8 cm TL (female)

bathypelagic; marine; depth range 108 - 880 m (Ref. 45056)

Diagnosis: Upper teeth of mature males with 5 cusps; Description: 3 to 4 series of functional teeth in upper jaw, one series in lower; teeth dissimilar in upper and lower jaws; upper teeth small, erect, multicuspid; 5 cusps (mostly 5 cusps in female paratypes), central cusp distinctly long, broad spear-shaped; cusps becoming smaller laterally, second about half length of central cusp, third cusp about a third length of second cusp; teeth of lower jaw unicuspid, interlocking, blade-like, oblique, lower margin moderately long [1384];

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