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Echinorhinus cookei:   (click for more)

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FAO Names
En - Prickly shark, Fr - Squale bouclé du Pacifique, Sp - Tiburón negro espinoso.
3Alpha Code: ECK     Taxonomic Code: 1090600902
Scientific Name with Original Description
Echinorhinus cookei  Pietschmann, 1928, Anz.Akad.Wien, 65:297. Holotype: Formerly in Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, apparently lost. Type Locality: South coast of Kauai, Hawaiian Islands. Neotype: National Museum of New Zealand, NMNZ 2774, Pallaser Bay, Cook Strait, New Zealand, designated by Garrick (1960:110).
Diagnostic Features
fieldmarks: No anal fin, dorsals spineless and far back, first behind pelvic origins; denticles relatively close-set and only moderately large, not formed as large, flat thorns.

Dermal denticles on body moderate-sized, close-set, and with relatively small, stellate bases, less than 5 mm in diameter; denticles not expanded into large bucklers or thorns, not fused together. 
Geographical Distribution

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Western Pacific: Taiwan (Province of China), New Zealand. Central Pacific: Palau (Belau) and Hawaiian Islands. Eastern Pacific: Central California to Gulf of California, also Peru.
Habitat and Biology
A large, sluggish bottom shark, occurring on continental and insular shelves and upper slopes,at depths from 11 to at least 424 m; in California caught in submarine canyons.Eats a variety of fishes, including spiny dogfish, the young of the sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus), hake, flounders, rockfish, lingcod, topsmelt, herring, elephantfish (Callorinchus), and catshark (Apristurus) eggcases, also octopuses and squids.
Size
Maximum about 4 m, size at birth below 45 cm, mature males reaching at least 220 cm, females immature at 254 cm and adult at 299 cm (sex not reported for 4 m specimen).
Interest to Fisheries
Unimportant, occasionally taken by line gear, gillnets and bottom trawls.
Source of Information
FAO species catalogue Vol.4. Sharks of the world. An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Shark Species Known to Date Part 1 - Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. Compagno, L.J.V.1984FAO Fisheries Synopsis.  , (125) Vol.4, Part 1.
Bibliography
B. Saunders (pers. comm.)
Garrick, 1960
Garrick & Moreland, 1968
Varoujean, 1972
 
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