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 Lollipop catshark (Cephalurus cephalus)

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 Photo

Lollipop catshark
No image of Lollipop catshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

Earth Map


 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Catsharks (Scyliorhinidae)
      Genus: Cephalurus (Cephalurus)


 Name

Scientific: Cephalurus cephalus
German: Kaulquappen-Katzenhai
English: Lollipop catshark
French: Holbiche tetard
Spanish: Pejegato renacuajo


 Appearance

Huge, lollipop-shaped head. Gill slits enlarged. Two equal-sized dorsal fins. Origin of first dorsal fin over pectoral fins. Very soft body.

 Coloration

Light to dark brown, conspicuous color pattern.

 Distribution

Eastern Pacific: Southern Baja California, California, Mexico. Peru and Chile.

 Biology

Little-known, small shark of the upper continental slopes, lives preferably between 150 m and 900 m depth. The enlarged head (gill area) indicates that this shark may live in low oxygen environments.

 Feeding

Invertebrates.

 Size

Up to about 30 cm.

 Reproduction

Oviparous (egg laying). Size at birth about 10 cm. Size at maturity about 20 cm.

 Similar Species

None.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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