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 Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus)

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Frilled shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Frilled and cow sharks (Hexanchiformes)
    Family: Frilled sharks (Chlamydoselachidae)
      Genus: Chlamydoselachus (Chlamydoselachus)


Scientific: Chlamydoselachus anguineus
German: Krausenhai
English: Frilled shark, Lizard shark, Scaffold shark
French: Requin lezard
Spanish: Tiburón anguila


Eel-like shark with 6 gill slits, the lower ends of the first slits are nearly connected to each other across the throat. Snout extremely short with a terminal mouth. One dorsal fin.


Dark brown.


Wide-ranging with patchy distribution. Eastern Atlantic: Norway, Scotland, Bay of Biscay, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauretania, Madeira, Angola, Namibia and South Africa. Western Pacific: Japan, Australia. Eastern Pacific: Southern California, northern Chile.


A more bottom-oriented species (benthic) of the outer continental shelves, at depths between 120 m and 1300 m. Sometimes found at the surface too.


Feeds on bony fishes and small sharks.


Maximum size about 200 cm, average size about 150 cm to 170 cm.


Aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous). 8 to 12 pups per litter. Size at birth about 40 cm. Males reach sexual maturity at 95 cm, females at 135 cm.

 Similar Species

No similar species.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > NT (Near Threatened)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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