South China cookiecutter shark

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South China cookiecutter shark
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Dalatiidae
Genus: Isistius
Species: I. labialis
Binomial name
Isistius labialis
Q. W. Meng, Y. T. Chu & S. Li, 1985
Isistius labialis distmap.png
Range of the South China cookiecutter shark

Isistius brasiliensis Gaimard & Quoy, 1824

The South China cookiecutter shark (Isistius labialis) is a species of dogfish shark in the family Dalatiidae, found in the South China Sea at depths down to 520 m (1,700 ft). It is named from its feeding style which often creates perfect "cookie-cutter" shaped plugs in the skin of large marine mammals and large sharks.

Reproduction is aplacental viviparity in the same way as great white sharks.

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