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 Sherwood dogfish (Scymnodalatias sherwoodi)

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Sherwood dogfish
No image of Sherwood dogfish found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Dogfish sharks (Squaliformes)
    Family: Dogfish sharks (Squalidae)
      Genus: Scymnodalatias (Scymnodalatias)


Scientific: Scymnodalatias sherwoodi
German: Sherwood-Hai
English: Sherwood dogfish
French: Squale-grogneur chien
Spanish: Bruja de Canterbury


Small, with a somewhat flattened snout. Spiracles present. Origin of the very small first dorsal fin is more posterior on back and well behind the pectoral fins. Second dorsal fin is slightly larger than the first one. Small lateral or midventral keels on caudal peduncle. No anal fin.


Uniformly dark brown, no conspicuous markings.


Only known from the type area where the animal was found on which this description is based. Western Pacific: New Zealand. A wider range is possible.






At least 80 cm.


Probably aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous).

 Similar Species

Similar to Smallmouth velvet dogfish that ossesses small dorsal fin spines. Similar to Whitetail dogfish that species has a white colored tail.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > DD (Data Deficient)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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