Occurrence of Mature Female of Etmopterus Spinax (Chondrichthyes: Etmopteridae) in the Syrian Coast (Eastern Mediterranean)
Received Date: August 25, 2018; Published Date: Septembert 21, 2018
Velvet Belly Lantern shark, Etmopterus spinax (Linnaeus, 1758) is recorded for second time in the Syrian coast. A mature female of E. spinax measured 354mm total length, and weighed 208.3g, caught at depth about 300m. the specimen was in stage 3, had two ovaries; contained 9 oocytes measured between 10-5mm in diameter. The width of left and right oviducal gland measured; 8mm and 7mm, respectively. It had left and right functional uterus, white color measured; 77mm and 75mm in length; 11mm and 10 mm in width, respectively.
Keywords: Velvet belly lantern shark; Second record; Maturing, Syrian coast