Centrophorus

Centrophorus is a genus of squaliform sharks. These deep-water sharks, found in temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world, are characterized by grey or brown bodies, large green eyes, and spines on both dorsal fins. These spines give them their name, from Greek κεντρον, kentron meaning "thorn" and φέρειν, pherein meaning "to bear".

Centrophorus
Temporal range: 94–0 Ma Turonian to present[1]
Centrophorus granulosus.jpg
Gulper shark, Centrophorus granulosus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Centrophorus
J. P. Müller & Henle, 1837
Species

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The genus is present in the fossil record from the Paleocene (C. squamosus) onwards.

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  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera (Chondrichthyes entry)". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2008-01-09.