Largespine velvet dogfish

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Largespine velvet dogfish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Scymnodon
S. macracanthus
Binomial name
Scymnodon macracanthus
Regan, 1906

Centroscymnus macracanthus Regan, 1906
Proscymnodon macracanthus Regan, 1906

The largespine velvet dogfish (Scymnodon macracanthus) is a shark of the family Somniosidae, found on the lower continental slopes between latitudes 50°S and 54°S in the southeast Pacific Ocean from the Straits of Magellan, and the southwest Pacific from New Zealand, at depths of between 650 and 920 m. Its length is up to 68 cm.[1][2]

Conservation status[edit]

The New Zealand Department of Conservation has classified the largespine velvet dogfish as "Not Threatened" with the qualifier "Uncertain whether Threatened Overseas" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[3]


  1. ^ White, William T.; Vaz, Diego F. B.; Ho, Hsuan-Ching; Ebert, David A.; de Carvalho, Marcelo R.; Corrigan, Shannon; Rochel, Elisabeth; de Carvalho, Murilo; Tanaka, Sho (2015-01-01). "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. doi:10.1007/s10228-014-0430-y. ISSN 1616-3915.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Kent E.; Bailly, Nicolas (2019). "Centroscymnus macracanthus Regan, 1906 Largespine velvet dogfish". Fishbase. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  3. ^ Duffy, Clinton A. J.; Francis, Malcolm; Dunn, M. R.; Finucci, Brit; Ford, Richard; Hitchmough, Rod; Rolfe, Jeremy (2018). Conservation status of New Zealand chondrichthyans (chimaeras, sharks and rays), 2016 (PDF). Wellington, New Zealand: Department of Conservation. p. 9. ISBN 9781988514628. OCLC 1042901090.