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Smallmouth velvet dogfish

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Smallmouth velvet dogfish

Smallmouth velvet dogfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Scymnodon
Species: S. obscurus
Binomial name
Scymnodon obscurus
(Vaillant, 1888)
Range of the smallmouth velvet dogfish (in blue)

The smallmouth knifetooth dogfish, Scymnodon obscurus, is a harmless sleeper shark of the family Somniosidae, found in the central Atlantic between latitudes 65°N and 36°S, from the surface to 1,450 m. Its length is up to 70 cm.

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