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Mosaic gulper shark

Mosaic gulper shark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Centrophorus
Species: C. tessellatus
Binomial name
Centrophorus tessellatus
(Garman, 1906)
Range of mosaic gulper shark (in blue)

The mosaic gulper shark, Centrophorus tessellatus, is a small rare deepwater dogfish, found in the Pacific Ocean around Honshū, Japan and the Hawaiian Islands at depths between 260 and 730 metres. It is one of 13 described species in the genus, Centrophorus.

The mosaic gulper shark has no anal fin, two dorsal fins with large spines (the second dorsal is relatively high, almost as high as the first), large eyes, angular extended free tips on the pectoral fins, and a moderately notched caudal fin. It has a maximum length of 89 centimetres.

Little is known about the mosaic gulper shark.


  • Herndon & Burgess (2005). Centrophorus tessellatus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as data deficient
  • FAO Species Catalogue Volume 4 Parts 1 and 2 Sharks of the World
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Centrophorus tessellatus in FishBase. 09 2005 version.

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