The ninja lanternshark

Main report: Speaking of Science The ‘ninja lanternshark’ shows just how far a great name can take a new species
(Washington Post)
Other Reporting: Live Science, Hakai Magazine, CBC News
Scientific Paper: Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Etmopterus benchleyi
Common Name: Ninja lanternshark
Species named for: Peter Benchley
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Fish | New Species
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The discovery of the new lanternshark was made off of eight specimens.  The shark lives in the central Pacific Ocean’s “twilight zone,” from around 800 to 1,400 meters deep, and grows to a length of about half a meter.

Etmopterus benchleyi

 

Photo by Vicky Vásquez

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