Centrophorus

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Centrophorus
Temporal range: 94–0Ma
Turonian to present[1]
Centrophorus granulosus.jpg
Gulper shark, Centrophorus granulosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Centrophorus
J. P. Müller & Henle, 1837
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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 kentron meaning "thorn" and pherein meaning "to bear".

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: p.560. Retrieved 2008-01-09.