Lowfin gulper shark

The lowfin gulper shark (Centrophorus lusitanicus) is a large deepwater dogfish[2] in the family Centrophoridae.

Lowfin gulper shark
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Centrophorus
C. lusitanicus
Binomial name
Centrophorus lusitanicus
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Range of lowfin gulper shark (in blue)

Physical characteristicsEdit

The lowfin gulper shark has no anal fin, two dorsal fins (with spines with the first dorsal fin being much longer than the rear), a long, broad snout, and angular pectoral fins. Its maximum length is 1.6 m.


The lowfin gulper shark is found in the Eastern Atlantic off Portugal and West Africa, the Indian Ocean around Mozambique and Madagascar, and the West Pacific by Taiwan.[3]

Habits and habitatEdit

Lowfin gulper sharks live at depths between 300 and 1,400 m. They are ovoviviparous and give birth to up to six pups per litter. They feed on other sharks, bony fish, crabs, and lobsters.[4]


  1. ^ Clarke, M., White, W. & Compagno, L.J.V. 2009. Centrophorus lusitanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T161442A5424877. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T161442A5424877.en. Downloaded on 06 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Centrophorus lusitanicus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 February 2006.
  3. ^ FAO Species Catalogue Volume 4 Parts 1 and 2 Sharks of the World
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2006). "Centrophorus lusitanicus" in FishBase. 02 2006 version.