Needle Dogfish

Needle dogfish
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Centrophorus
Species: C. acus
Binomial name
Centrophorus acus
(Garman, 1906)
Range of needle dogfish (in blue)

The needle dogfish, Centrophorus acus, is a small, little-known deepwater shark. It is found in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the western Pacific Ocean around Honshū, Japan.The needle dogfish, is a junior synonym of gulper shark,Centrophorus granulosus. (White & al. 2013).


This type of shark has no anal fin, two dorsal fins with large spines. Also unicuspidate teeth on both jaws that are very sharp almost bladelike. The lower jaw teeth are much longer than the ones in the upper jaw. A long snout, leafshaped, and the rear tips of the pectoral fins are narrowly angular and strongly extended.[1]


  • Horodysky & Burgess (2005). Centrophorus acus. 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is near threatened
  • FAO Species Catalogue Volume 4 Parts 1 and 2 Sharks of the World
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). FishBase. February 2006 version.
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