|Bluntnose sixgill shark|
The sixgill sharks are a genus, Hexanchus, of deepwater sharks in the family Hexanchidae. These sharks are characterized by a broad, pointed head, six pairs of gill slits, comb-like, yellow lower teeth, and a long tail. The largest species can grow up to 8 m long and weigh over 600 kg (1320 lb). They are continental shelf-dwelling and abyssal plain scavengers with a keen sense of smell and are among the first to arrive at carrion, together with hagfish and rattails. They show a characteristic rolling motion of the head when feeding. They have been found at depths to 2,500 ft (760 m). Though only two extant species (the bluntnose sixgill shark and the bigeyed sixgill shark) were originally known, a third, the Atlantic sixgill shark, was found to exist.
- Hexanchus griseus Bonnaterre, 1788 (bluntnose sixgill shark)
- Hexanchus nakamurai Teng, 1962 (bigeyed sixgill shark)
- Hexanchus vitulus Springer & Waller, 1969 (Atlantic sixgill shark)
- Hexanchus agassizi Cappetta, 1976
- Hexanchus andersoni Jordan, 1907
- Hexanchus casieri Kozlov, 1999
- Hexanchus collinsonae Ward, 1979
- Hexanchus gracilis Davis, 1887
- Hexanchus hookeri Ward, 1979
- Hexanchus microdon Agassiz, 1843
- Hexanchus tusbairicus Kozlov in Zhelezko & Kozlov, 1999
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