Etmopterus benchleyi (Ninja lanternshark)

Etmopterus benchleyi (Ninja lanternshark)

Etmopterus benchleyi, n. sp., holotype, USNM 423195, adult female, 458 mm TL, fresh specimen. Via OceanScienceFoundation.org: “The species is named in honor of Peter Benchley, author of Jaws and subsequently an avid shark conservationist. His legacy, the Benchley Awards, recognizes outstanding achievements in ocean conservation. In line with Mr. Benchley’s outreach efforts, the privilege of deciding a common name for this species was bestowed upon four young shark enthusiasts, ages 8 to 14, and relatives of the first author (VEV). The suggested common name, the Ninja Lanternshark, refers to the uniform black coloration and reduced photophore complement used as concealment in this species, somewhat reminiscent of the typical outfit and stealthy behavior of a Japanese ninja.” Photo: oceansciencefoundation.org

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