Kitefin shark (Dalatias licha)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound off the south, west and north Irish coasts as well as off western and northern Scotland.
HabitatDalatias licha is a bathydemersal species that inhabits outer continental shelves down to 1800 m. It can often be pelagic found singularly or in small schools.
- Moderately small, blunt-snouted shark up to 180 cm in length.
- Dark grey-brown in colour.
- Thick lips covered in papillae.
- Two equal sized dorsal fins.
- Caudal fin with ventral lobe not expanded.
- The trailing edges of the fins are translucent.
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Last Updated: 25/03/2008