Leafscraper shark (Centrophorus squamosus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound off the western coasts of Scotland and south-west Ireland, although may be under-recorded.
HabitatCentrophorus squamosus is a benthopelagic species which can be found offshore with a depth range of 150-1200 m.
- Moderatly sized shark reaching up to 160 cm in length.
- Drab uniform colouring from grey to olive green.
- First dorsal fin low but not particularly elongate.
- Large reflective green eyes.
- Small bladelike teeth larger in the lower-jaw than the upper-jaw.
- Posterior tips of the pectoral fins are broadly angular but not strongly extended.
Additional informationUnlike the gulper shark Centrophorus granulosus, the tooth-like projections on the of the leafscraper shark are tapering and leaf-like and on an elevated narrow to broad stalk. Furthermore the free rear tips of the pectoral fins are broadly angular and do not reach past the first dorsal fin spine.
Clarke, M.W., Connolly, P.L. & Bracken, J.J., 2001. Aspects of reproduction of the deep water sharks Centroscymnus coelolepis and Centrophorus squamosus from west of Ireland and Scotland. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 81, 1019-1029.
Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. 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. FAO Fisheries Synopsies, 125, 1-249
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Last Updated: 24/06/2008