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 Goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)

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 Photo

Goblin shark
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 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Mackerel sharks (Lamniformes)
    Family: Goblin sharks (Mitsukurinidae)
      Genus: Mitsukurina (Mitsukurina)


 Name

Scientific: Mitsukurina owstoni
German: Koboldhai
English: Goblin shark
French: Requin lutin
Spanish: Tiburón duende


 Appearance

An unmistakable shark with a flat, bladelike, elongated snout and very small eyes. Very long-cusped teeth in long, protrusible jaws. No nictitating membrane. Small dorsal fins, low and rounded. Anal fin is larger than dorsal fins. Pectoral fins small. Pelvic fins large, bigger than dorsal fins. No precaudal pit, no keels.

 Coloration

Pinkish-white with bluish fins. Dead specimen turn brownish.

 Distribution

Western Atlantic: French Guiana. Eastern Atlantic: Bay of Biscay, Madeira, Portugal, South Africa. Western Indian Ocean: South Africa. Western Pacific: Japan, Australia.

 Biology

Little-known species. Lives in deeper water, down to 1200 m, close to bottom. Inhabits outer shelf and upper slope areas. The unique bladelike snout may be used as a forward-projecting prey detector.

 Feeding

Fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans.

 Size

Average size between 200 cm and 300 cm, maximum total length 350 cm.

 Reproduction

Unknown..

 Similar Species

Unmistakable.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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