Etmopterus splendidus

Yano, 1988

Splendid lanternshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Etmopteridae

Reference of the original description
Yano, K. (1988)
A new lanternshark Etmopterus splendidus from the East China Sea and Java Sea. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology, 34(4), 421–425

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Etmopterus splendidus
Holotype: NSMT: P 50273; Paratype: BMNH: P 10245; BMNH: 1986.11.27.87; BMNH: 1986.11.27.86; BMNH: 1986.11.27.88;

Description :

Citation: Etmopterus splendidus Yano, 1988: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Etmopterus splendidus Yano, 1988, © FAO,
Common names
eng Splendid lantern shark, eng Splendid lanternshark

Short Description
Black flank marking on side of tail base with short truncated posterior lobe; additional oval dark marking near base of caudal fin, but no transverse marking across midlength of caudal fin [544].

Western Pacific: Japan, Taiwan, and Java (Indonesia). Source:

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Probably demersal on the outer continental shelves and upper slopes. Feeds on squids.

Size / Weight / Age
30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [544])

demersal; marine; depth range 120 - 210 m [3750]

Description: Teeth, 17-17/18-18 (13-17-13-16/15-20-16-20), dissimilar in upper and lower jaws. Upper with five cusps in female specimens but seven cusps in male specimen, lower unicuspid shaped. Three scries of teeth functional in upper, one series in lower [3750];

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