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Title: Mitsukurinidae  
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Subject: Lamniformes, Goblin shark, Mitsukurinidae, Sharks/Articles/Orders, Early Cretaceous first appearances
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Temporal range: 146–0 Ma
Early Cretaceous to Present
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Mitsukurinidae
D. S. Jordan, 1898
  • Scapanorhynchidae

Mitsukurinidae is a family of sharks with one living genus, Mitsukurina, and five fossil genera: Anomotodon, Protoscapanorhynchus, Pseudoscapanorhynchus and Scapanorhynchus, Woellsteinia[1] though some taxonomists consider Scapanorhynchus to be a synonym of Mitsukurina.[2][3] The only known living species is the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni.

The most distinctive characteristic of the goblin sharks is the long,

  1. ^ Mikko's Phylogeny Archive
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2010). "List of Nominal Species of Mitsukurinidae (Goblin shark)".  
  3. ^ "Scapanorhynchus".  
  4. ^ Stevens, J. & Last, P.R. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 63.  
  5. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Mitsukurina owstoni in FishBase. 10 2005 version.


, with an unusually long nose. Carcharias taurus, grey nurse shark When the jaws are retracted, the shark resembles a [5] They also possess long, protrusible jaws.[4]

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