Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squaliformes
(Bramble, sleeper and dogfish sharks) > Etmopteridae
Etymology: Etmopterus: Greek, ethmos, -ou = sieve or ethmoides bone + Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335); carteri: Named after Carter Gilbert (Ref. 27618).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 283 - 356 m (Ref. 27618). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27618); 19.0 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
A very small, black shark with a short and bluntly rounded snout (its length 5.7-7.5% TL in adults); head and body nearly cylindrical anteriorly, tapering unevenly to a slender caudal peduncle; moderately large eyes; dermal denticles, very small needle-like to spine-like, covering whole body except narrowly along lips, gill slit margins, around cloacal opening, and dorsal surface of claspers. Pectoral fins lobate; small pelvic fins.
Western Central Atlantic: Colombia.
Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 205).
Springer, S. and G.H. Burgess, 1985. Two new dwarf dogsharks (Etmopterus, Squalidae), found off the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Copeia 1985(3):584-591. (Ref. 27618)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00347 (0.00153 - 0.00788), b=3.11 (2.91 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this Family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .