Great Lanternshark

The great lanternshark on initial discovery was named based on the assumption that it was a bioluminescent species; however, this assumption has been challenged in recent years.

Great Lanternshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Squaliformes
Family Etmopteridae
Genus Etmopterus
Scientific Name E. princeps


On average, great lanternsharks are about 2.1 ft long, reaching a maximum of 2.5 ft. The dorsal fins have a spine in a groove close to them, while the caudal fin is broad and long. They are either black or very dark brown.

Where do they live

Map Of The Great Lanternshark’s Habitat

Great Lanternshark Habitat Map

The range of this shark in the northwest Atlantic appears to be from Nova Scotia in Canada to New Jersey in the States. While in the northeast Atlantic, they have been spotted in Greenland, Iceland, northwest Africa, and the Azores.

Great lanternsharks live between 1,870 ft and 7,200 ft around the continental slopes.



Unknown but assumed to be ovoviviparous.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classified this shark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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