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 Taillight shark (Euprotomicroides zantedeschia)

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Taillight shark
No image of Taillight shark found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Dogfish sharks (Squaliformes)
    Family: Dogfish sharks (Squalidae)
      Genus: Euprotomicroides (Euprotomicroides)


Scientific: Euprotomicroides zantedeschia
German: Schwanzlichthai
English: Taillight shark
French: Squale à queue claire
Spanish: Tollo rabo claro


Very small, with a conical, blunt and long snout. Gill openings increase from front to back, and the fifth one has twice the length of the first one. Dorsal fins without spines. Origin of the first dorsal fin is behind the free rear ends of the pectorals. Uniquely shaped pectoral fins. Small keel on peduncle. No anal fin.


Blackish brown, with conspicuous white margins on fins.


Wide distribution possible but not proven yet since only 2 specimens have been found. Western Atlantic: Uruguay. Eastern Atlantic: South Africa.


Little-known dwarf shark. Based on the shape and size of the pectoral fins it is suggested they show pectoral propulsion or at least pectoral hovering.


Unknown. Based on their sharp lower teeth and strong jaw structure one can assume that they can feed on relatively large prey.


About 40 cm, possibly larger.


Unknown. Probably aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous).

 Similar Species

Similar to LK++ Pymgy shark Eupromicrus bispinatus but the first dorsal fin of the pgymy shark is more posteriorly positioned.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > DD (Data Deficient)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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