Japanese velvet dogfish

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Scymnodon ichiharai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Scymnodon
Species: S. ichiharai
Binomial name
Scymnodon ichiharai
Ka. Yano & S. Tanaka (II), 1984
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Range of the Japanese velvet dogfish

Zameus ichiharai Yano & Tanaka, 1984

The Japanese velvet dogfish, Scymnodon ichiharai, is a harmless deepwater sleeper shark of the family Somniosidae, found in the northwest Pacific from Suruga Bay and adjacent waters of Japan at depths of between 500 and 800 metres (1,600 and 2,600 ft).[2] Reproduction is ovoviviparous.


  1. ^ McCormack, C. & Tanaka, S. 2009. Scymnodon ichiharai. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ White, W.T., Vaz, D.F.B., Ho, H.-C., Ebert, D.A., Carvalho, M.R.d., Corrigan, S., Rochel, E., Carvalho, M.d., Tanaka, S. & Naylor, G.J.P. (2014): Redescription of Scymnodon ichiharai Yano and Tanaka 1984 (Squaliformes: Somniosidae) from the western North Pacific, with comments on the definition of somniosid genera. Ichthyological Research, 62 (2): 213-229.