Etmopterus polli

Bigelow, Schroeder & Springer, 1953

African lanternshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Etmopteridae

Reference of the original description
Bigelow, H.B. & Schroeder, W.C. & Springer, S. (1953)
New and little known sharks from the Atlantic and from the Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, 109(3), 213–276

Image of the original description

Etmopterus polli Bigelow, Schroeder& Springer, 1953, © Bigelow et al, 1953

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Etmopterus cf. polli

Etmopterus polli
Holotype: MCZ: 38001 Paratype: MCZ: 38000.a MCZ: 38001.b to Garrick (old: 38001) USNM: 163370 (old: MCZ 38001); USNM: 163364 (old: MCZ 38000);

Description :

Citation: Etmopterus polli Bigelow, Schroeder & Springer, 1953: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Etmopterus polli Bigelow, Schroeder& Springer, 1953 © Dr. Nicolas Straube, Curator of Ichthyology & Associate Professor, Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen
Common names
spa Tollo lucero africano, fra \(T\) Sagre à menton lisse, eng African lantern shark, eng African lanternshark, por Lixinha-da-fundura

Eastern Atlantic: Guinea to Côte d"quot;Ivoire; Nigeria to Angola. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown; price reliability:

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20048]); 24 cm TL (female)

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 300 - 1000 m

Teeth smooth edged, of the usual etmopterid shapes; 29/16-1-16. in type specimen, 27-34/28-30 in other specimens 207-232 mm. long. Upper teeth mostly with 5-7 cusps, the median cusp much the longest, the outermost cusp on each side much the shortest; a few teeth with only 3 cusps. Lower teeth with the cusp directed so strongly outward that the inner cutting edges are practically parallel with the general contour of the jaw; median lower tooth in type but not in ten other specimens examined. Mostly three rows in function simultaneously in upper jaw, one row in lower jaw [2749];

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