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The Ninja Lanternshark

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The Ninja Lanternshark
Etmopterus benchleyi

Graduate student and lead author, Vicky Vásquez, decided to take an innovative approach to naming a new species of Lanternshark by incorporating outreach and her four little cousins (ages 8-14 yrs. old at the time). The short film you see here, “We Named a Shark”, tells the story of how the Ninja Lanternshark, Etmopterus benchleyi, came to be. For more on the story, read Vicky’s blog post for the Drop-In, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ student-ran blog.

For details on the scientific description of the Ninja Lanternshark, Etmopterus benchleyi, it is published in the open-access journal, Ocean Science Foundation. It is in the 38th species in the genus Etmopterus, though new species of sharks are still being discovered. It also the first species to be described from the Pacific Ocean along Costa Rica.