Combtooth dogfish

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Combtooth dogfish
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Etmopteridae
Genus: Centroscyllium
Species: C. nigrum
Binomial name
Centroscyllium nigrum
Garman, 1899
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Range of combtooth dogfish (in blue)
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The combtooth dogfish (Centroscyllium nigrum)is a little-known, deepwater dogfish shark.


The combtooth dogfish has no anal fin, grooved dorsal spines, two dorsal fins of about same size, a pointed nose, large eyes, small gill slits, a short abdomen, a short caudal peduncle, and is blackish-brown in color with white-tipped fins. It grows to a maximum of 50 cm.


It is found in the eastern Pacific and around Hawaii.

Habits and Habitat[edit]

It is an uncommon deepwater shark found close to the bottom between 400 and 1,145 m.