Gollum (genus)

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Gollum attenuatus macauley1.jpg
Slender smooth-hound (G. attenuatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Pseudotriakidae
Genus: Gollum
Compagno, 1973
Type species
Triakis attenuata
Garrick, 1954

Gollum is a genus of ground sharks in the family Pseudotriakidae, native to the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The genus was described in 1973 by biologist Leonard Compagno, who named it named after the character Gollum from J. R. R. Tolkien's works, noting the species Gollum attenuatus (the slender smooth-hound) "bears some resemblance in form and habits".[1]


The currently described species and one undescribed species in this genus are:[2]


  1. ^ Compagno, L. J. V. "Ctenacis and Gollum, two new genera of sharks (Selachii; Carcharhinidae)". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 39 (14): 257–272. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Gollum in FishBase. December 2012 version.