Etmopterus sentosus

Bass, D'Aubrey & Kistnasamy, 1976

Thorny lanternshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Etmopteridae

Reference of the original description
Bass, A.J. & d'Aubrey, J.D. & Kistnasamy, N. (1976)
Sharks of the east coast of Southern Africa. VI. The families Oxynotidae, Squalidae, Dalatiidae and Echinorhinidae. Investigational Report Oceanographic Research Institute, 45, 1–103

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Etmopterus sentosus
Holotype: SAIAB: 6201 (old: ORI 2369) ; Paratype: SAIAB: 6200 (old: ORI 1391);

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Etmopterus sentosus Bass, D'aubrey & Kistnasamy, 1976, © FAO,
Common names
spa Tollo lucero espinudo, fra \(T\) Sagre épineaux, fra \(T\) Sagre épineux, eng Thorny lantern shark, eng Thorny lanternshark, por Lixinha-de-fundura espinhosa

Short Description
A slim lanternshark with 2 longitudinal rows of greatly enlarged, hooked denticles along the flanks; other denticles small, conical and not arranged in lines [536]. Grayish black above, underside black with an elongated broad black mark above, in front of and behind the pelvic fins; other elongated black marks at base and along axis of caudal fin [536].

Western Indian Ocean: Kenya to South Africa, including Madagascar [536]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
27.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 200 - 500 m [518]

Description: The teeth of the hololype number 24/18-1-18 and are as shown in fig. 18A. The numbers of cusps on the upper teeth vary, as shown, from five to nine [131];

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