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  • Squalus cinereus  Gmelin, 1789
  • Heptranchias angio  Costa, 1857
  • Notidanus (Heptanchus) cinereus, var. pristiurus var.  Bellotti, 1877
  • Heptranchias deani  Jordan and Starks, 1901
  • Heptranchias dakini  Whitley, 1931
    FAO Names
    En - Sharpnose sevengill shark, Fr - Requin perlon, Sp - Cañabota bocadulce.
    3Alpha Code: HXT     Taxonomic Code: 1050200301
    Scientific Name with Original Description
    Squalus perlo  Bonnaterre, 1788, Tabl.encyclop.method.trois reg.Nat., Ichthyol., Paris, 10. Holotype: Unknown. Type Locality: Mediterranean Sea.
    Diagnostic Features
    fieldmarks: A narrow-headed, big-eyed, small seven-gilled shark with one dorsal fin.

    Head narrow and pointed,  with 7 pairs of gill slits;  eyes very large; mouth very narrow and parabolic;  large lower comblike teeth long and low, with a few short mesial cusplets, an abruptly high cusp, and up to 7 or 8 distal cusplets in adults.  Caudal peduncle long, distance from dorsal fin insertion to upper caudal origin over twice length of dorsal fin base.  Spots absent from body, dorsal fin and upper caudal lobe with black tips, faded or absent in adults but prominent in young. 
    Geographical Distribution

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    Wideranging in tropical and temperate seas; Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to Cuba and northern Gulf of Mexico, also southern Brazil and Argentina. Eastern Atlantic: From Morocco to Angola, also Mediterranean Sea. Indian Ocean: South Africa, southern Mozambique, Aldabra Island, southwestern India. Western Pacific: Japan (southeastern Honshu) and southern Sea of Japan to China, also Indonesia (Bali), Australia (New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia) and New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: off northern Chile.
    Habitat and Biology
    Marine and benthic, on the continental and insular shelves and upper slopes;depth usually between 27 to 720 m, but sometimes in shallower water close inshore and down to 1000 m.

    A primarily deepwater species, probably strong-swimming.
    Ovoviviparous, number of young 9 to 20 in a litter.  Feeds on bony fishes, including hake, and squid.

    Maximum total length about 137 cm, size at birth about 26 cm, size at maturity about 85 cm, for males and 89 to 93 cm for females; said to reach 214 cm, but possibly in error.
    Interest to Fisheries
    Generally caught in some numbers as a bycatch of fisheries utilizing bottom trawls and longlines, but of small importance.
    This species was recently discovered off Quilon, southwestern India (Compagno and Talwar, 1982, in press), and off Bali, Indonesia (T. Gloerfelt-Tarp, pers.comm.).
    Threat to humans: Very active and aggressive when captured and quick to bite, but too small to be very dangerous to people.
    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.
    Bass, d'Aubrey & Kistnasamy, 1975c
    Bigelow & Schroeder, 1948
    Garrick & Paul, 1971
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