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 Goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)

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Goblin shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Mitsukurina owstoni
German: Koboldhai
English: Goblin shark
French: Requin lutin
Spanish: TiburĂ³n duende


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.


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


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


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.


Fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans.


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



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Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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