A bioluminescent lanternshark

Main report: New Miniature Shark Species Glows In the Dark
(National Geographic)
Other Reporting: Phys.org, Florida Atlantic University News, ResearchGate, The Guardian
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Etmopterus lailae
Common Name: Laila’s Lanternshark
Species named for: Laila Mostello-Wetherbee, shark enthusiast and daughter of coauthor Brad Wetherbee.
Categories: Fish | New Species

The small, bioluminescent, long nosed shark was found nearly 1,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii’s northwestern islands.  First discovered 17 years ago, initial findings were published in February before the news was widely circulated by the corresponding researchers’ institutions this month.   See also other lanternsharks recently discovered.

Photo by Stephen Kajiura, Florida Atlantic University

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