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Kingdom  Animalia
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Family
Subclass  Elasmobranchii
Scientific name  Etmopteridae
Higher classification  Squaliformes
Order  Squaliformes
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Lower classifications  Etmopterus, Smooth lanternshark, Velvet belly lanternshark, Centroscyllium, Dwarf lanternshark

The Etmopteridae are a family of sharks in the order Squaliformes, commonly known as lantern sharks. Their name comes from the presence of light-producing photophores on their bodies. The members of this family are small, under 90 cm (35 in) long, and are found in deep waters worldwide. The 45 species are placed in five genera. Three-quarters of the species are in the genus Etmopterus.


  • Aculeola
  • Centroscyllium
  • Etmopterus
  • Trigonognathus
  • References

    Etmopteridae Wikipedia