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 Gulper shark (Centrophorus granulosus)

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Gulper shark
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 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


 Name

Scientific: Centrophorus granulosus
German: Schlinghai
English: Gulper shark
French: Squale-chagrin commun
Spanish: Quelvacho


 Appearance

Shark with big, green eyes and a moderately long snout. Two dorsal fins with large spines. Moderately long and broad snout. First dorsal fin fairly short (base) and high. Free rear tips of pectoral fins strongly extended. No anal fin.

 Coloration

Greyish-black.

 Distribution

Eastern Atlantic: Portugal, Senegal, Ivory Coast to Nigeria. Western Indian Ocean: South Africa to Mozambique. Western Pacific: Off Taiwan.

 Biology

Lives preferably in deep water, usually on or near the bottom at depths between 100 m and 1200 m.

 Feeding

Feeds on fishes such as hakes, lanternfishes etc., squids and small dogfishes.

 Size

Maximum total length about 150 cm, average size between 100 cm and 130 cm.

 Reproduction

Aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous). 1 to 6 pups per litter. Size at birth about 35 cm. Males reach sexual maturity between 70 cm and 130 cm, females between 90 cm and 145 cm.

 Similar Species

Some similar species and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish between the species.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(1994):

Main criterion: > VU (Vulnerable)
Sub criterion: A1abd A2d
Trend: Unknown


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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