World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Lowfin gulper shark

Article Id: WHEBN0003467342
Reproduction Date:

Title: Lowfin gulper shark  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Centrophoridae, Squaliformes, Mandarin dogfish, Smalleye pygmy shark, Largetooth cookiecutter shark
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Lowfin gulper shark

Lowfin gulper shark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Centrophorus
Species: C. lusitanicus
Binomial name
Centrophorus lusitanicus
(Barbosa du Bocage & Brito Capello, 1864)
Range of lowfin gulper shark (in blue)

The lowfin gulper shark, Centrophorus lusitanicus, is a large deepwater dogfish[1] in the Centrophoridae family.


  • Physical characteristics 1
  • Distribution 2
  • Habits and habitat 3
  • References 4

Physical characteristics

The lowfin gulper shark has no anal fin, two dorsal fins (with spines with the first dorsal fin being much longer than the rear), a long, broad snout, and angular pectoral fins. Its maximum length is 1.6 m.


The lowfin gulper shark is found in the Eastern Atlantic off Portugal and West Africa, the Indian Ocean around Mozambique and Madagascar, and the West Pacific by Taiwan.[2]

Habits and habitat

Lowfin gulper sharks live at depths between 300 and 1,400 m. They are ovoviviparous and give birth to up to six pups per litter. They feed on other sharks, bony fish, crabs, and lobsters.[3]


  1. ^ "Centrophorus lusitanicus".  
  2. ^ FAO Species Catalogue Volume 4 Parts 1 and 2 Sharks of the World
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Centrophorus lusitanicus in FishBase. 02 2006 version.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.