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Etmopterus alphus  Ebert, Straube, Leslie & Weigmann, 2016

Whitecheek lanternshark
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squaliformes (Bramble, sleeper and dogfish sharks) > Etmopteridae (Lantern sharks)
Etymology: Etmopterus: Greek, ethmos, -ou = sieve or ethmoides bone + Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335);  alphus: Name from Latin 'alphus'; referring to the characteristic white spot on the cheeks of this species.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 472 - 792 m (Ref. 112348).   Subtropical, preferred ?; 18°S - 34°S, 37°E - 45°E

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Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 112348); 39.0 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 84 - 90. This relatively small, slender species of linear-denticled Etmopterus can be separated from its closest congeners within the E. lucifer clade by a combination of characteristics: length of its anterior flank markings being much shorter than its posterior branch; black flank markings sharply demarcated by surrounding lighter to whitish lateral markings; prominent white spot on each cheek; a single white stripe extending the length of the midback; 2 parallel rows of prominent dark pores extending between pectoral and pelvic fins; its closest geographic congener E. sculptus has its anterior branch longer than its posterior branch, with a thinner posterior flank marking, 0.2-0.4% (vs. 0.6-0.9% TL in E. alphus), a higher spiral valve count 8-9 (vs. 5-7 in E. alphus); it differs from its closest morphological congener, the Australasian E. molleri by its shorter anterior (6.0-10.6% vs. 8.0-11.5% TL) and posterior (9.3-12.7% vs. 11.0-15.4% TL) flank-marking branches, biogeography and genetics (Ref. 112348).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Ebert. D.A., N. Straube, R.W. Leslie and S. Weigmann, 2016. Etmopterus alphus n. sp.: a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the southwestern Indian Ocean. African Journal of Marine Science 38(3):329-340. (Ref. 112348)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.1   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (20 of 100) .