Etmopterus pusillus   (Lowe,  1839) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Image copyrights: Andrade Coelho, R.P.

Colour: blackish-brown above, with a broad black mark running above pelvic fins and ending just behind second dorsal and with truncated denticle.

Small shark with cylindrical or slightly compressed body, first dorsal fin usually
smaller than second dorsal fin, second dorsal spine larger than first. Bladelike unicuspidate teeth in lower jaw and teeth with cusps and cusplets in upper jaw, relatively short snout, low, truncated denticles. Feeds on fish eggs, lanternfish, squid, and other small dogfish.


Synonym (s)
Centrina nigra Lowe, 1834
Acanthidium pusillum Lowe, 1839
Etmopterus frontimaculatus Pietschmann, 1907
Etmopterus pusilus (Lowe, 1839)

Common Name (s)
• Smooth Lanternshark (English)
• Smooth lantern shark (English)
• Slender lantern shark (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Utilized dried salted for human consumption and for fishmeal)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Demersal, Coastal
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Kerala, Kochi Fisheries Harbour INDIA (Record: 04/2008)
• South West Coast INDIA (Depth: 512 mts)
• Kerala, Kochi Fisheries Harbour INDIA (Record: 01/2008-06/2009) (Depth: 0-1070 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Akhilesh, KV; Hashim, M; Bineesh, KK; Shanis, CPR and Ganga, U (2010) New distributional records of deep-sea sharks from Indian waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Cochin 52(1) 29-34 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Dr. Shivaji, A; Dr. Sanjeevan, VN; Saravanane, N; Dr. Shunmugaraj, T and Dr. Gupta, GVM (2010) Achievements of FORV Sagar Sampada 1997-2010 Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology, Ministry of earth Sciences, Kochi, India 10-21 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Akhilesh, KV; Ganga, U; Pillai, NGK; Vivekanandan, E; Bineesh, KK; Shanis, CPR and Hashim, M (2011) Deep-sea fishing for chondrichthyan resources and sustainability concerns-a case study from southwest coast of India Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences NISCAIR 40(3) 347-355 Available at -

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