Etmopteridae is a family
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 of shark
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s in the order Squaliformes
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, commonly known as lantern sharks. Their name comes from the presence of light-producing
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s on their bodies. The members of this family are small, under 90 cm (35.4 in) long, and are found in deep waters worldwide. There are 45 species in five genera. Three-quarters of the species are in the genus Etmopterus.


  • Aculeola
  • Centroscyllium
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  • Etmopterus
    Etmopterus, commonly known as lantern sharks, is a diverse genus of dogfish sharks in the family Etmopteridae. This genus has 35 described species.-Species:* Etmopterus baxteri...

  • Miroscyllium
  • Trigonognathus
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