Velvet dogfish

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Velvet dogfish
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Zameus
Species: Z. squamulosus
Binomial name
Zameus squamulosus
(Günther, 1877)
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Range of the velvet dogfish
  • Centrophorus squamulosus Günther, 1877
  • Scymnodon obscurus Vaillant, 1888
  • Scymnodon niger Chu & Meng, 1982

The velvet dogfish, Zameus squamulosus, is a harmless sleeper shark of the family Somniosidae, found around the world between latitudes 64°N and 48°S, from the surface to 2,000 m. Its length is up to 84 cm.

Reproduction is ovoviviparous.

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