Birdbeak dogfish

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Birdbeak dogfish
Deania calcea.jpg
Drawing by Bideault
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Deania
D. calcea
Binomial name
Deania calcea
(R. T. Lowe, 1839)
Deania calcea distmap.png
Range of birdbeak dogfish (in blue)

The birdbeak dogfish (Deania calcea) is a dogfish shark of the family Centrophoridae found in the Pacific Ocean around Honshū, Japan, southern Australia, New Zealand, and Chile, and in the Atlantic Ocean from Iceland south to the Cape of Good Hope.

The birdbeak dogfish has a very long, narrow snout, no anal fin, two long and low dorsal fins with grooved spines, small rectangular pectoral fins, and pitchfork-like denticles. It lives at depths between 73 and 1,450 m. It is ovoviviparous with up to 12 pups per litter. It eats bony fish and shrimp.


  • Stevens (2003). "Deania calcea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 May 2006.
  • FAO Species Catalogue Volume 4 Parts 1 and 2 Sharks of the World
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Deania calcea" in FishBase. 09 2005 version.