Scientific name..........Centroscymnus Coelolepis
Other names...........Portuguese shark
The Portuguese dogfish has a stout body with a short snout and
large mouth, short labial furrows. They have very small spines on
small equal-sized dorsal fins, second fin close to asymmetrical
caudal fin. They have large round flat overlapping denticles in
These sharks grow to a length for males 32.4 inches and females
39.2 inches, maximum length of 47.2 inches. Size at birth
approximately 11.10 inches long.
They have slender upper teeth, short bent cusps on broader lower
These sharks are usually uniformly blackish to golden-brown color.
Portuguese dogfish feed on bony fishes, other sharks, benthic
invertebrates and cetacean and seal meat.
Can take bites out of live prey ( like the cookiecutter sharks ).
Portuguese dogfish are found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific
Oceans. These sharks are found on or near bottom of continental
slopes, and in abyssal plain waters in depths of 1,312 feet.
They are ovoviviparous and gives birth to litters from 13-17 pups.
No known report of attacks.
According to the IUCN Red List, they are near threatened because of
a long history of bycatch and target deepwater fisheries, used for
fishmeal and squalene from liver oil.