Elasmobranchs of the Pacific Northwest

Chondrichthyans

What Does that mean?

Chondrichthyans refers to species those skeletons are formed from cartilage as opposed to bone and is used to describe all sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras. The term “shark” is often used to mean all Chondricthyan species (sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras).

Green Eye Shark

The Green Eye Shark, also known as the Hawaiian Lanternshark, is a little known deepwater species.

Identification

  • A stout-bodied shark with short tail and fins
  • Large green eyes
  • Spine prior to each dorsal fin

Colour

  • Dark brown or blackish body
  • Underside is white
  • black mark above pelvic fins

Distribution

  • Hawaiian Islands, eastern central Pacific, and eastern north Pacific

A Species at Risk?

Although this species is poorly known, it occurs beyond the range of current fishing pressure and there is no reason to suspect that the population has declined.

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IUCN
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Scientific Name

Etmopterus villosus

Conservation Status

COSEWIC: Not Assessed
SARA: Not Listed
IUCN: Least Concern (2009)
Fisheries Vulnerability: Moderate

Species Stats

Population trend:
Unknown

Frequency of occurrence:
Rare

Habitat:
Demersal (406 - 911 m)

Amount of basic life history:
Low

Fecundity:
Unknown

Length at birth:
Unknown

Maximum total length:
46 cm