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Etmopterus lucifer
Blackbelly Lanternshark
About This Family
Tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic (north to Iceland), Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Continental and insular slopes.
Lanternsharks are smaller sharks, not reaching more than 90 cm in most species. Both dorsal fins have spines, both of which are grooved and the caudal fin has a subterminal notch. This family earns its common name because most species have luminous organs on the body. There is some debate as to whether to include this family as a subfamily of Dalatiidae, however Nelson (2006) recognizes it as its own family.

This family includes 5 genera and 41 species.

References: Nelson 2006
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