The researchers named the new species Etmopterus benchleyi, after Peter Benchley, the author of the book 'Jaws' and co-author of its 1975 film adaptation. With the help of a group of high school students, the researchers came up with the common name 'ninja lanternshark' for the species.
Nearly 40 other species of lanternsharks, which are marine predators with the ability to glow, live in oceans around the world, including the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, said lead author Vicky Vasquez, a graduate student at the Pacific Shark Research Centre in California.
However, this is the first time a lanternshark has been found off the Pacific coast of Central America, said Vasquez.
The new species had a uniform dark-black colouring, as opposed to the greys and browns seen on other lanternsharks, Vasquez told the 'Live Science'.
It also had a different number and distribution of photophores, which are the tiny cup-shaped organs that give lanternsharks the ability to glow.


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