Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found on the upper slope, on or near the bottom (Ref. 5578). Length recorded is from an immature specimen; size of adults unknown (Ref. 247). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205).
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Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Kenya to South Africa, including Madagascar (Ref. 5578).
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 0
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Size

Max. size

27.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 247))
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Diagnostic Description

A slim lanternshark with 2 longitudinal rows of greatly enlarged, hooked denticles along the flanks; other denticles small, conical and not arranged in lines (Ref. 5578). Grayish black above, underside black with an elongated broad black mark above, in front of and behind the pelvic fins; other elongated black marks at base and along axis of caudal fin (Ref. 5578).
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 200 - 500 m (Ref. 247)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 205).
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Conservation

Threats

Least Concern (LC)
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest
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