Pocket shark

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Pocket shark
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Dalatiidae
Genus: Mollisquama
Dolganov, 1984
Species: M. parini
Binomial name
Mollisquama parini
Dolganov, 1984
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Range of pocket shark (in blue)

The pocket shark, Mollisquama parini, is a sleeper shark of the family Dalatiidae, the only member of the genus Mollisquama, found in deep water off Chile in the southeast Pacific Ocean.

The pocket shark is a very poorly known deepwater shark recorded from the Nazca Submarine Ridge off northern Chile. The holotype, and only known specimen, was an adolescent female (40 cm total length (TL)), taken at a depth of 330 m. Nothing is known of its biology or threats in the area.


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