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 Lollipop catshark (Cephalurus cephalus)

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Lollipop catshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


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


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


Light to dark brown, conspicuous color pattern.


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


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.




Up to about 30 cm.


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

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Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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