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Longnose Velvet Dogfish

Threat Level:  low

 

  • LONGNOSE VELVET DOGFISH

Scientific name.........Centroselachus Crepidater

Family name..............Somnosidae

Common names........Golden dogfish, deepwater dogfish

 

  • GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The longnose velvet dogfish is a slender shark with a very long snout, and a very long upper labial furrows almost encircle small mouth. They have roughly equal dorsal fins, and very small spine tips protruding. First dorsal base expanded forward as prominent ridge, origin over pectoral bases. Second dorsal free rear tip nearly reaches upper caudal origin.

 

  • SIZE

The maximum length of these sharks are approximately 3.5 feet.

 

  • TEETH

They have round flat overlapping denticles with triple cusps in adults, lower teeth with fairly long bent cusps.

 

  • COLOR

The color of the longnose dogfish is a black or blackish brown with narrow light posterior fin margins.

 

  • FEEDING HABITS

Eats fish and cephalopods.

 

  • SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Very little is known about its biology, they occur singly and may also be found in schools.

 

  • HABITAT

Found in East Atlantic, Indo-Pacific, not in northeast Pacific. They occur on or near bottom, upper continental and insular slopes in depths of 885-6,824 feet, but mostly in depths of 1,640 feet.

 

  • LIFE SPAN

Unknown

 

  • REPRODUCTION

These sharks are ovoviviparous, and give birth to 4-8 pups per litter and breeds year round.

 

  • SHARK ATTACKS

Harmless

 

  • POPULATION REPORT

Common and wide ranging.

 

 

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