Lantern Shark

By jesus ortega

lantern shark

Common name is dwarf Lantern shark, scientific name is Etmopterus perryi. family Etmopteridae


known to be present only on the upper continental slopes off Colombia and Venezuela.


hang out at depth of 283–439 m (928–1,440 ft)


what it looks like-maximum known length of 8 inch, has light-emitting organs called photophores along the belly and fins,


Diet-consists of miniature crustaceans called krill.


Threat to human- none


Endanger-not


Dwarf lantern sharks have internal fertilization. Female gives birth to 2 to 3 babies after gestation that lasts less than one year. Young sharks are 2.2 to 2.4 inches long at birth.


cool facts-1 Dwarf lantern shark produces light to attract the prey and to become invisible to the predators that swim below them.2Dwarf lantern shark are named that way because they are small (dwarf) and able to glow in the dark (lantern).

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